CHARLOTTE — As voters head to the polls to cast their ballot, election officials across the Carolinas are preparing for what could be the largest turnout in decades, as much as 70 percent or more in North Carolina.

Both the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns have spent considerable time in North Carolina. On Monday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) campaigned one last time in Charlotte. The Tar Heel State is among the nation’s “swing states.” The extra voter turnout will likely decide whether the state turns blue for the first time since 1976.

Several national polls showed Obama leading McCain anywhere from seven to eleven points the day before Election Day.

In North Carolina, polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. In South Carolina, polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.

Click here for a list of Election Night Parties across the Carolinas.

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.