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You Decide 2014: What you need to know before voting

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Today is Election Day -- and polls across the state are now open.

The State Board of Elections says a record number of people voted early in local races that have gained national attention.

FOX8's Michael Spears reported live from the Board of Elections Tuesday morning in downtown Greensboro.

Here's what you need to know:

Where do I vote?

Your polling place and address is listed on your voter registration card issued by your county board of elections.

You may also find your polling place online through the State Board of Elections.

How can I check my voter registration status?

You can check your voter registration status at the State Board of Elections website.

When do polls open?

Polls are open on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. in North Carolina. If you are standing in line at 7:30 p.m. when the polls close, you will be allowed to vote.

What identification do I need to vote?

You do not need any identification to vote on Election Day.

*PLEASE NOTE: The new voter ID law passed this year by the N.C. General Assembly would require voters to present a valid, government-issued photo ID beginning in 2016.

Learn more about the 2016 voter ID requirement.

How do I vote absentee by mail?

You may request a mail-in absentee ballot from your county board of elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on the last Tuesday before the election. Your absentee ballot must be returned to the county Board of Election by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.

Learn more about voting absentee by mail.