There are slightly more than 6.2 million registered voters in the state; 507,655 have already voted. Now it’s everyone else’s chance. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. If you are in line by 7:30 p.m. you must be allowed to vote. Get the full voting primer here and check out the voter's guide to study up on the candidates.
Other political headlines:
--John Edwards trial Day 11 recap: During the early part of the day, it seemed as though a pendulum swung toward the defense team. Then before the trial broke for the day, the pendulum seemed to swing back toward the prosecution with testimony from Chapel Hill builder Tim Toben. He said Edwards knew details of the cross-country effort to hide Hunter that started weeks before the 2008 Iowa presidential caucuses. Read full coverage here.
--Columnist Barry Saunders: The Triangle, we’re told, has more Ph.D.s and college grads per square inch than any place on Earth, but a lot of people around here need some basic education in biology. To wit: further schooling is apparently needed to teach some of you that neither political party has a monopoly on virtue or vice, that liberals are no more libidinous than conservatives, that infidelitous Democrats are as plentiful as home-wrecking Republicans.
--The Democratic National Convention Committee is returning $50,000 in Walmart gift cards after a labor union said the giant retailer “flies in the face of the values we stand for as Democrats.” A convention official confirmed the return of the cards, which the company donated last month.
--Les Merritt says it’s not his fault, either, that State Auditor Beth Wood got stuck with $245 in parking tickets charged to the “6” license plate that was his a few years ago – back when her job was his, too. The parking ticket mystery continues.
--In this politically correct world, the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte now has three official barbecue sauces. Yes, even those mustard fans from south of the state line got an official sauce.