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It’s time to make your voice heard for fair elections! The N.C. State Board of Elections is seeking your input from June 1 through July 31 on proposed changes to rules regarding various aspects of election administration.

Democracy NC supports many of these changes and is asking the public to attend the noon hearing on July 31 and/or participate in the online public comment right now at: electionsforus.com

If you have questions about changes to current rules ~ ask them here. You can also email comments to rules@ncsbe.gov or mail them to N.C. State Board of Elections, Attn: Katelyn Love, Deputy General Counsel, 441 N. Harrington Street, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Among the proposed changes are rules that:

– Establish standards for the Executive Director’s emergency authority to change election schedules. The need for a clearly defined process became clear in Hurricane Matthew’s wake.

– Clarify that county elections officials should not delay election certification, unless post-election protests involve the tabulation of ballots or the qualifications of voters sufficient in number to change an election outcome.

– Largely rewrite the election protest form, requiring the protestor to certify that the facts alleged are true and accurate and requiring attorneys to indicate that they represent the protestor, among other changes.

– Clarify that appointed multi-partisan assistance teams (MATs) may assist the voter in signing/marking the absentee form or to coordinate a return visit for that purpose.

– Allow a person qualified to assist a disabled voter to deposit the voter’s absentee ballot into the closest U.S. mail depository or mailbox if the voter is unable to do so due to disability.

Full list of proposed changes: http://demnc.co/rules