Daily Beat: Election Day edition — Nov. 4, 2014

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Early voting at Washington Terrace Park in High Point

It’s Election Day, the culmination of a brutal mid-term campaign with Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis at the top of the ballot. The election also features open races for two Congressional districts in the Triad and High Point City Council, along with a host of important ballot initiatives, and contests for state legislative, county commission, school board and judicial positions. Most of the action is captured in Triad City Beat’s Election Guide. The polls opened at 6:30 a.m. this morning, and will remain open through 7:30 p.m. Visit the state Board of Elections website for help finding your polling location.

Today:

• Laura Fjeld, the Democratic candidate for the 6th Congressional District, greets voters at the Smith Street Diner in Greensboro at noon, before moving on to the Elliott University Center on the campus of UNCG at 1:15 p.m. and Lindley Recreation Center at 2:30 p.m.

Tonight:

Vandana Shiva, the world renowned foe of corporate agriculture, speaks on the topic of “challenges and realities of feeding the world” at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem at 7 p.m.

• The polls close at 7:30 p.m. Democrats Kay Hagan and Laura Fjeld, respectively the US Senate and 6th Congressional District candidates, will be awaiting the returns at the Greensboro Coliseum. Guilford County Republicans often gather at party headquarters on West Market Street, and there’s always a bipartisan crowd at the Old Guilford Courthouse downtown. In High Point, mayoral hopeful Bill Bencini, along with candidates on the revitalization slate such as David Rosen and Alyce Hill, will be at the JH Adams Inn. Bencini’s opponent, Marcus Brandon and other High Point Democrats will be at Jackie’s Place.

• If you’re not going to any election watch parties and you’re already done with politics, you might want to head over to New York Pizza, located at 337 Tate St. in Greensboro, for the weekly open mic hosted by Matty Sheets. It goes down at 9:30 p.m.