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Voting Underway Across The Carolinas

Tom Bullock

It all comes down to this. After months (and months, and months) of debates, ads, political claims and counter claims, voters go to the polls and cast ballots in the 2016 general election.

So far so good here in Mecklenburg County with no major issues to report. There were reports of long lines at some voting sites this morning.

Charlotte Talks Host Mike Collins spoke with Michael Dickerson, the Director of Elections for Mecklenburg County this morning:

Not so in Durham County. WRAL reports voting is taking longer there due to computer problems. If you're looking for some good news they also report on "puppies at the polls." No, they can't vote but they can be a welcome distraction for those in long lines.

If you want to vote today but aren't sure where you can go to the Mecklenburg County Board of Election website to find your polling place.

Polls in North Carolina opened at 6:30 a.m. today. You have until 7:30 p.m. tonight to get in line to vote. If you're in line by 7:30 at a polling site state law dictates you will be allowed to vote.