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Saturday is final day for early voting in NC election

Saturday is the last day for early voting in North Carolina.

In Mecklenburg County, 21 locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find the one closest to you at http://bit.ly/1wkJomc.

Don't live in Meck? You can find an early-voting site in your area at http://bit.ly/1G60Mk0

Residents must already be registered to vote. Same-day registration is no longer allowed.

Last year, the General Assembly shortened the early voting period from 17 days to 10 days but required that polls stay open the same number of hours as they did four years ago. The number of people voting appears to have been strong so far, likely because of the close race between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis for the U.S. Senate.

Registered voters also can cast ballots on Election Day this Tuesday, when polling locations will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Those voting on Election Day must cast ballots in the precinct in which they are registered. Using a so-called provisional ballot to vote in a different precinct is no longer allowed.

Residents of all North Carolina counties can verify their voter registration, find early voting locations and check their Election Day polling location at the state board of elections website, www.ncsbe.gov.

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