A sign points the way toward the voting booths as voting commences in North Carolina's U.S. presidential primary election at Sharon Presbyterian Church in Charlotte

Changes to North Carolina voting laws could put thousands of 2016 ballots at risk

A sign points the way toward the voting booths as voting commences in North Carolina's U.S. presidential primary election at Sharon Presbyterian Church in CharlotteBy Julia Harte RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – On Election Day in 2014, Joetta Teal went to work at a polling station in Lumberton, North Carolina. A Reuters review of Republican-backed changes to North Carolina’s voting rules indicates as many as 29,000 votes might not be counted in this year’s Nov. 8 presidential election if a federal appeals court upholds the 2013 law. The U.S. Justice Department says the law was designed to disproportionately affect minority groups, who are more likely to vote out of precinct and use same-day registration.

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