I’ve heard a number of defenses for cutbacks in early voting and elsewhere, such as, it’s the state’s prerogative to set these hours (and if Democrats can add them why can’t Republicans cut them?), that voting too early means you get more uninformed voters, that it is an administrative hassle, even that voting should not be too easy because hard rules weed out uninformed voters (I critique that argument here).
What you don’t usually hear is that early voting limits are necessary to prevent voter fraud. And that’s because early voting in person usually as the same safeguards (or more safeguards) than voting in person, with the additional period of time to check out any cases of ineligible voters.
But note that the NC GOP is now trying to mobilize GOP voters to work for cutbacks in early voting to prevent voter fraud. From Gerry Cohen:
Just got this, supposedly from NC GOP Exec Dir Dallas Woidhouse
This is the kind of stuff that may get North Carolina under federal supervision for voting again.