Mayor Karl Dean is urging the Davidson County Election Commission to back off its plan to cut the number of early-voting sites.
Dean, a Democrat, says the commission has more than enough money to hold early voting throughout the city. Commissioners voted earlier this week to close all but one early-voting location during upcoming city elections, with Republican members saying they couldn't afford to hold voting in 10 satellite locations.
"My budget proposal gives the election commission $1 million more than they received in the current year," he says. "It gives them everything they've asked for to run the three elections they have to run," including the Aug. 6 city election, potential Sept. 10 runoff and 2016 presidential primaries.
State law sets the times of early voting but doesn't require local governments to open more than one location.