Across North Carolina, voters packed polling places to cast their ballots on a wide range of issues ranging from local bond referendums to a historic presidential race on Tuesday. For many, the end of the contentious election season couldn’t come soon enough.
Many waited in long lines throughout the day. In Durham, poll workers switched to paper voter lists by midmorning after problems with electronic voter rolls.
The federal Department of Justice also sent election monitors into polls to observe voting in four North Carolina counties on Tuesday. Democracy North Carolina has also organized a thousand volunteers, who waited outside polls across the state to address voters' questions and concerns.
Note: Some of the photos in this gallery are part of an occasional installment in collaboration with students and faculty at theSchool of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.