N.C. House bill addresses early ballots after death

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — Lawmakers want to make sure that absentee votes cast by North Carolina residents who die before an election will count.

The House Elections Committee on Thursday approved a measure saying such ballots can't be challenged because the voter died.

The issue surfaced when the father of U.S. Senate candidate Mark Harris cast an absentee ballot before he died in April. Someone challenged the vote. The Forsyth County elections board discounted the ballot, citing a requirement the voter must be alive on the election date.

House Speaker Thom Tillis is a co-sponsor of the bill that's named for Mark Harris' father. Tillis defeated Harris and others to win the Senate nomination.

The bill now moves to the full House.

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