N Carolina GOP: Vote early to avoid any gas disruptions

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Uncertainty about future gasoline supplies following an Alabama pipeline explosion this week has caused North Carolina Republicans to urge their supporters to vote now and avoid any disruptions next Tuesday.

State GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said Wednesday the party is re-gearing its get-out-the-vote efforts, which historically have focused on Election Day voting.

Woodhouse says the party is concerned any inconveniences associated with getting gasoline next week could make reaching the polls more challenging for working people. So the GOP is telling conservative voters to consider voting early if they had planned to vote on Election Day. Early in-person voting ends Saturday.

A pipeline issue in September led to lines at some North Carolina gas stations.

Woodhouse says they’re also telling candidates about the strategy.