A couple of posts have made the national blogs today about this. On the North Carolina ballot, voters have the option of voting a "straight party ticket." Note that if you choose to vote a straight party ticket, that does NOT count as a vote for President, which is above the straight party vote, or for judges, who are on the back of the ballot.
---edited to add the Obama Straight Flip video, RP&JR----
Poll workers and volunteers should inform people of this, but some new voters might miss this difference.
Now go vote early. If someone seems confused, mention this or show them to a poll worker.