Biden visiting UNC Charlotte today

With North Carolina's electoral votes in play, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden returns to Charlotte this morning.

He'll speak at UNCC's Halton Arena at 10:30 a.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.). Tickets are not required, but admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The campaign is providing shuttles from the Harris Teeter Town Center Plaza. For security reasons, do not bring bags or umbrellas. No signs or banners are allowed.

Biden visited Charlotte last month. The city has also had recent visits from both presidential candidates.

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