Early voting starts Thursday across North Carolina in an election headlined by one of the nation’s most-watched U.S. Senate races. Voters can cast early ballots through Nov. 1.
Here are three things to know:
• This year’s early voting reflects two changes that were part of the sweeping voter bill passed by the General Assembly last year. It will be a week shorter than it was two years ago and new voters can no longer register and vote the same day.
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• Even with the shorter voting period, lawmakers required early election hours to be the same this year as they were in 2010, the last off-year election.
• Mecklenburg County will have more 21 sites this year, including a new one at Elon Park Recreation Center on Ardrey Kell Road in Ballantyne. Hours and locations are listed
, and are also posted on the elections board website atwww.meckboe.org