Voter pre-registration for youths in N.C. now over

RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY - More North Carolina teenagers will have to wait longer to get qualified to vote now that a 2009 law allowing them to pre-register has been repealed.

The elections overhaul law approved by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory this summer eliminated allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to fill out registration paperwork before they turned 18. Those youths would be automatically registered when they reached the age of eligibility.

The new law demanded completed pre-registration forms be received by the State Board of Elections before Sunday.

Common Cause North Carolina says 160,000 teenagers who preregistered were able to vote in 2012, many through the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Seventeen-year-olds can still register to vote if they turn 18 before Election Day that year.

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