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Facts about Tuesday's election

North Carolina smashed records for voter participation during the two-week early voting period. Tuesday is your last chance to join more than 2million N.C. residents who have already made their choices this year.

When you can vote

N.C. polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Voters who are in line at 7:30 must be allowed to cast a ballot.

S.C. polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters in line by 7 p.m. must be allowed to cast a ballot.

How to avoid long lines

N.C. election officials say the traditional busy times are 6:30-8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Where to vote

Go to your polling location.

In North Carolina, to find out where it is, use the “check your registration” link on the State Board of Elections Web site, www.sboe.state.nc.us. You can find your polling place by submitting your name and county.

In South Carolina, go to www.scvotes.org/find_your_precinct.

What to wear

You can wear your McCain-Palin pins and Obama T-shirts – or any other campaign-related attire – in the voting line as long as you don't show off. In South Carolina, voters may be asked to cover campaign materials.

Don't miss this

In North Carolina, a straight-party vote does not include a vote for president or judicial candidates. If you want to vote a straight-party ticket and for president, you must fill in separate blanks.

In South Carolina, straight-party voting applies to the presidential race, too.

You've missed out

If you haven't already registered, you are out of luck.

What to show

People voting for the first time whose registration applications included Social Security numbers or license plate numbers that did not match existing records will be asked to show an ID or a document with name and address.

Voters in this situation who don't have identification will be able to vote a provisional ballot and will have until 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 to bring the information to their local elections board.

Online. Voters Guide

Learn about candidates and issues at www.charlotteobserver.com/vote.

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