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GOP backtrack on early-voting change signed by Cooper

RALEIGH (AP) Gov. Roy Cooper has signed the only piece of legislation the North Carolina General Assembly had on his desk when it adjourned — one that restored early in-person voting on the Saturday before Election Day this year only.

Cooper said July 9 he has signed the bill, which changed a previous measure the legislature passed despite the governor’s veto.

The previous measure shifted starting and ending dates for the early-voting period so it would end the Friday before the election. Cooper and his allies said eliminating Saturday and making other changes would make it harder for people to vote.

Republicans decided in the latest bill to add Saturday voting, but just for 2018. That measure also makes it easier for Hyde County to meet new voting-time requirements on Ocracoke Island.

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