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Leaders Meet After Buncombe County Reduces Voting Hours

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -- Community leaders, pastors and NAACP representatives came together for a meeting Monday morning.

Buncombe County Board of Elections said it is reducing early voting hours for the 2016 primary.

The group, along with Asheville Pastor Keith Ogden, said that with the new voter ID law and a primary that's up for grabs, they should expand and not reduce hours.

Among the changes, they will go to the Buncombe County Board of Elections and ask to add Sunday voting.

"Taking away Sunday voting is a big impact on our community because that's a great time we can get the vans running right after church," said Pastor Keith Ogden.

The Board of Elections decided to make polling sites open for 791 hours this year. That is down 40% from four years ago.

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