McCrory issues disaster declaration for western NC

  • Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.

McCrory issues disaster declaration for western NC

RALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory has signed an order declaring a state of emergency for 12 western North Carolina counties after roads were damaged by heavy rains, flooding and mudslides in January.

The order was signed and announced Wednesday.

The declaration allows the state to request emergency relief from the Federal Highway Administration for the damages caused by the flooding and mudslides, which occurred between Jan. 14 and 18.

McCrory’s order covers Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Swain and Yancey counties. The weather and its effects severely damaged state and federal highways, bridges and other facilities.

House committee hears more about voter ID

RALEIGH (AP) — Some elections and voting experts say there are other ways to discourage the potential for fraud while casting ballots that don’t necessarily require North Carolina voters to obtain photo identification.

Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina told House Elections Committee members on Wednesday that statistical surveys could be performed after each election to determine whether someone who came to a precinct to vote really did so. Hall is opposed to photo ID legislation but asked lawmakers to consider safeguards on mail-in absentee ballots.

Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation supports photo ID. He says North Carolina should participate in an interstate voter registration exchange to cross-check voter rolls and remove people who have moved out of state.

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