- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina counties where voters still use touch-screen machines to make election choices may get more time to meet a requirement to switch to paper ballots.

The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night for legislation that extends the deadline for counties to switch to paper ballots from Jan. 1, 2018 to Sept. 1, 2019.

The State Board of Elections says 32 of the state’s 100 counties still use “direct record electronic” voting machines. Bill sponsors say some counties need more time to locate the money to pay for paper ballot systems. They’re also hopeful prices will fall, too. Federal elections money provided to the state is no longer available.

One more House vote is needed before the proposed delay heads to the Senate.

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