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Conversations continuing on N Carolina voting records demand

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina state attorneys are continuing talks with U.S. prosecutors over subpoenas issued months ago demanding voting documents and ballots that could be used by federal immigration agents in election fraud investigations.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh initially asked for records last August. The state elections board decided to fight the subpoenas, citing their scope and timing. A federal lawyer told the board the subpoenas could be narrowed and responses delayed until this month.

State House elections committee leaders wrote state Attorney General Josh Stein and elections director Kim Strach on Tuesday seeking an update.

In an email, Stein spokeswoman Laura Brewer confirmed continued conversations with federal lawyers. She says Stein wants to support law enforcement efforts to combat fraud, while preserving the sanctity of the voting booth.

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