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North Carolina kicks off US election today with mail-in-voting

North Carolina is kicking off the U.S. election today as it distributes ballots by post to registered voters.

It is the first state to start sending mail ballots to those who have already requested them, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.

This is almost 60 days before Election Day on 3rd Nov. Several other states will join the state mid-September.

North Carolina allows any registered voter to vote by mail, without them needing an excuse.

On Thursday North Carolina State Board Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell warned voters that voting twice, as being suggested by President Donald Trump, is a federal crime.

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“Electronic pollbooks with information about who has already voted are used at every voting site. If a voter tries to check in who has already voted, they will be prevented from voting a regular ballot,” Karen Binson Bell said in a statement also published on Twitter.

It is a Class 1 felony under North Carolina law to vote twice in the same election and state. Election officials employ a number of processes to prevent that type of fraud.

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