Early voting in North Carolina runs from October 18 through November 3, so Kate and I  jumped at the chance to get it done, driving downtown, first to the Farmer’s Market, where the Durham People’s Alliance had yard signs available. Then we went the short distance to the main early voting station at the Durham History Hub. During early vote, North Carolinians can register and vote at the same time at any early vote site in their county.

Today there is a big festival encouraging folks to early vote — there are even cars shuttling those without transportation to the facility, and there will be a plethora of Durham food trucks out with tasty fare.

Those who aren’t fans of the President probably wouldn’t pick this bumper sticker up…

The Democratic National Committee still considers NC a swing state, focusing on Get Out The Vote, since Barack Obama won only by a sliver here in 2008. The DNC’s and Obama for America’s “Gotta Vote” Bus Tour will finish the North Carolina swing today in Rocky Mount, Raleigh, and finishing up in Durham at 1:30 PM.

The important message here is please VOTE. Regardless of what you think about the top of the ticket, there are essential races downticket in many states for Governor, Lt. Gov, state house races, judicial races and other offices that will profoundly affect your day-to-day quality of life and civil rights.

Some new pix:

Durham Mayor Bill Bell

Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer (“The Help”), Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

State Teacher of the Year Tyronna Hooker.

With State Rep. Larry Hall (dist 29), who is a great advocate for LGBT rights here in NC.

Oh noes! OK, so the Prez wasn’t there to take any questions at the Early Vote Festival downtown, so I just mugged for a pic next to the cardboard cutout (it needs an update with a salt & pepper-haired Barack Obama) when the “Gotta Vote” Bus arrived.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding