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Lawsuit: North Carolina absentee vote changes went too far

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Posted at 4:50 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 04:50:45-05

RALEIGH, N.C. - A lawsuit filed in North Carolina state court says a portion of a new law designed to toughen mail-in absentee ballot rules following a fraud investigation in a congressional race went too far.

The political organizing group Advance Carolina sued on Wednesday. It says the new limits on who can help someone fill out requests to obtain a ballot violate protections in the state constitution.

The law passed in October with bipartisan, near unanimous support and signed into law by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

Bill supporters say it attempted to combat illegal ballot “harvesting" that election officials say was uncovered in a 2018 congressional race.