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Ron Kirk: “This is our preseason”

Today is the first day of early voting in North Carolina, and the Hon. Ron Kirk joined the Gotta Vote bus in Raleigh on the campus of North Carolina State University. Before students marched to their early vote location to cast their ballots, Kirk offered them a little pep talk.

Today is the first day of early voting in North Carolina, and the Hon. Ron Kirk joined the Gotta Vote bus in Raleigh on the campus of North Carolina State University. Before students marched to their early vote location to cast their ballots, Kirk offered them a little pep talk:

"I read a poll that I think NC State is picked No. 1 in the coaches poll for ACC basketball. Now, I'm a huge college basketball fan, but I'm a big enough fan to know you don't win a national championship by polls. You don't win a national championship by just showing up for your first game in November and December. You win by the work you put in now—running those laps, doing those drills.

"Election Day is not just November 6—Election Day is today here in North Carolina. The way we win elections now is by voting early. This is our preseason. This is our training camp. Every early vote is money in the bank for us, and you have time to make sure your friends and neighbors know."

Early voting has begun in several states across the country. Find out when and where you can cast your ballot at GottaVote.com.