- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Early-voting locations this fall in at least 15 North Carolina counties must be settled by the state elections board because local boards couldn’t agree on the details.

State law requires county elections boards to make unanimous decisions on early-voting schedules, or the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement will decide for them.

The state board is expected to meet early next month and approve plans for Wake, Buncombe, Durham, Orange and the other deadlocked counties. State board decisions don’t have to be unanimous.

Almost 80 of the 100 counties have reported adopting unanimous plans. Seven counties hadn’t reported their decisions to the state board as of Wednesday.

A new law requires more uniform opening and closing times for early-voting sites statewide, including for sites open on weekends in counties.

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