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Cover Story: Felons as sheriffs?

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina voters are deciding whether a convicted felon can run for sheriff.  Right now, it's perfectly legal.

A lot of people may be surprised there's nothing in the NC Constitution keeping a convicted felon - once he's served his time - from becoming sheriff.

It's never happened before, but it could.

But sheriffs aren't alone.

There's nothing in the state Constitution to keep an ex-con from becoming a county commissioner, state lawmaker, governor even a judge.

Is it time to change the law?

PrimeTime's Jeff Atkinson reports in our Cover Story.

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