Cooper signs bill easing NC absentee ballot access during pandemic

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law legislation providing money to help run North Carolina elections safely and securely during the COVID-19 pandemic and making it easier to cast mail-in absentee ballots this fall.

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The governor signed the bill on Friday, the day after the House and Senate gave final legislative approval to the bipartisan measure.

The law is designed to prepare for a spike in demand for absentee ballots from people at higher risk of developing complications from the new coronavirus.

Officials said there is also more than $27 million that would go to election boards for equipment and security upgrades as well as personal protective equipment at in-person voting sites.