RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina elections workers are giving some leeway to people aiming to register to vote before a deadline this week because of potential mail delays from Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath.

Usually, an application must be turned in to a county office by Friday, or postmarked by Friday as long as it was received by Oct. 19. The State Board of Elections now says mailed applications for this fall will be accepted with later postmarks until Oct. 19 as long as the form is dated by Friday.

The adjustment doesn’t affect potential voters registering and casting ballots during early in-person voting Oct. 20 until Nov. 5. There’s no registration on Election Day.

The state board says some counties are looking for alternative polling sites after some were damaged or are now inaccessible.