The latest PPP polling in NC (May 5-6) still favors passage of Amendment One (full crosstabs) — the conundrum remains: if voters know the scope of the amendment’s harms, they would vote against it, but many aren’t sure about what the language means:

Opponents of the amendment had an uphill battle in convincing voters that it was anything other than a referendum on gay marriage, even though it does go a lot further than that. 57% of voters in the state think gay marriage should be illegal (to only 34% who think it should be legal) and it’s not a coincidence that number correlates so closely with the 55% planning to support the amendment.

In some sense North Carolinians are voting against their own beliefs. 53% of voters in the state support either gay marriage or civil unions, yet a majority also support the amendment that would ban both. The reason for that disconnect is even with just 24 hours until election day only 46% of voters realize the proposal bans both gay marriage and civil unionsThose informed voters oppose the amendment by a 61-37 margin but there may not be enough time left to get the rest of the electorate up to speed.

Tonight we’ll see how much ground was made up, but more importantly, who actually turns out and votes. There have been anecdotes about ballots without the Amendment on it that may or may not be hankypanky. In Durham County, where I early voted using the optical scan method, the poll worker thankfully instructed each voter to turn over the ballot because there was additional information to vote on (Amendment One is on the back).

There are scattered reports of voting problems – make sure yours counts.

Click here for information on how to report voting problems, North Carolinians; voters can call the toll-free hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683), that is operated by a public service program at the UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill. The Spanish language hotline is 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682).

On a personal front, regular readers know that I am a big (and perhaps improbableJourney fan (fave era – 78-80, Rolie/Perry period). Posting “Don’t Stop Believing” would be way too obvious in this context, but there is a very appropriate song for NC today from the band’s recent addition to its catalogue (lyrics):

Up against the world as you face your destiny.
Don’t let today’s regrets affect tomorrows dreams.
When you shoot for the moon and you miss your mark,
Baby you’ll still end up so high among the stars.

Anyone can give up but it’s time to risk it all,
Knowing where you stand and you’ll never fall.

If you can see how you imagine your life
You want to dream now and you know that anything is possible
It’s not who you are, it’s where you wanna go.
You don’t need a miracle, believe that anything is possible.

Try to break my brick, throw away the stone
Take a chance on something, build a castle you call home.
Live for the moment, you can’t put into words.
Don’t keep a song inside, let your voice be heard.

Find a true desire, don’t be afraid to cry.
Better to reach for something, than to never have tried

It’s time to see how you imagine your life.
You want to dream, you know that anything is possible.
It’s not who you are, It’s where you wanna go.
You don’t need a miracle, believe that anything is possible.

It’s not who you are, It’s where you wanna go.
You don’t need a miracle, believe that anything is possible.

It’s time to see how you imagine your life.
You want to dream, anything is possible.

It’s not who you are, It’s where you wanna go.
You don’t need a miracle, anything is possible.

It’s the choice you make, It’s the time you take
It’s the risk you take, you know that anything is possible.
It’s the choice you make, It’s the time you take
It’s the risk you take, believe that anything is possible.