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Early voting begins with a few changes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The May 6 primary election is two weeks away but polls opened for early voting Thursday with some crucial changes.

Volunteers at polls are being instructed to ask voters for a photo ID; however they are not required to have the photo ID until January 2015 as part of the new law which was passed in the House and Senate last year.

The law also shortened early voting by one week; however counties in North Carolina are required to have the same number of voting hours available to voters. The new law also eliminated same-day registration, which means a person must be registered to vote before going to the polls.

Wake County election officials say anytime there’s a change to the law, their biggest priority is to get the word out about the changes.

Early voting ends on May 3.

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