Jill at Brilliant at Breakfast, as well as a few other sites, have taken pains to point out this about North Carolina ballots…
VOTING A STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET WILL NOT RESULT IN A VOTE FOR OBAMA.
YOU MUST MAKE YOUR PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION SEPARATELY.
As Jill points out, “This is not a vote suppression issue, it’s just appallingly bad design and policy, passed in 1967.”
When I voted yesterday, this was pointed out to us (by an Obama campaign worker) while we were standing in line. Also, the poll worker mentioned it to me as she set up my ballot box for electronic voting. And I seem to recall that the ballot actually said it too [UPDATE: Yes, it did (see graphic at right), but one could easily gloss over it]
This post will remain “sticky” at the top of the page until Election Day.
UPDATE: It’s called the “Obama Straight Flip”