There’s always been a certain amount of hype, and ambiguity, surrounding the slogan “North Carolina - the most military-friendly state in the nation.” Last week, in a welcome development, Gov. Beverly Perdue signed a package of bills passed by the General Assembly that should assist military personnel based here in specific ways.

One is House Bill 614, intended to make it more convenient for service members to vote. The new law allows deploying personnel to apply just once to vote by absentee ballot for all the elections in a calendar year, instead of separately for each election - primary, general, etc.

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