RALEIGH – The knock on effects from Hurricane Florence will now include voter registration for November elections. Chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) announced on Twitter Monday that he plans to introduce a bill that would extend the voter registration deadline to account for Florence impacts.
My office is preparing legislation to move voter registration back until Oct. 15 in impacted areas, fund additional voter education efforts for displaced individuals, and allow quick replacement of damaged voting sites. #ncga #ncpol
— David R Lewis (@RepDavidRLewis) October 1, 2018
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In many of these areas school aren’t even back in session, or just now getting into the classroom again, as the storm clean up and road to full recovery is a long one. As such, it makes sense that registering to vote, or maintaining voting sites, is little more than an afterthought for many.
The bill Lewis is teasing will be one of many to emerge next week in an effort to accommodate communities still dizzy from the hardest knockout a storm has given the Old North State in living memory.