The General Assembly may soon examine whether it makes sense for the governor and lieutenant governor to run together and for paper ballots to be required for all North Carolina elections.

The House voted Wednesday to study by next spring the idea of requiring candidates for the two offices to run as a slate on the ballot. They currently run separately, leading to two recent occasions of a Republican governor and Democratic lieutenant governor. The state constitution would have to be amended for a change.

A House committee also voted to commission a study on paper ballots statewide. Counties now use electronic voting machines or optical scan paper ballots. There would also be a moratorium on purchasing voting machines that don't produce a paper ballot until next summer.