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It's time to vote for our locals on 'The Voice' – and there are so many ways to do it

North Carolina natives Rayshun LaMarr and Britton Buchanan are in the Top 24 contestants on NBC's "The Voice."
North Carolina natives Rayshun LaMarr and Britton Buchanan are in the Top 24 contestants on NBC's "The Voice." Courtesy of NBC

We're deep into the fan voting portion of NBC's "The Voice," so from here on out, it'll be up to you to help your favorites advance.

There are many ways to vote: online at the NBC website, on "The Voice" mobile app, on Twitter, via iTunes downloads and Apple Music streaming, and even a special option for Xfinity/Cox cable subscribers.

We've got the details on how to download and use the app and how to vote on Twitter, plus info on all those other ways to vote to maximize your support. Unlike the first week of voting, which employed real-time voting for the live playoffs and instant results at the end of shows, from here on out voters should have a little more time to vote.

Remember, "The Voice" airs at 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays (ET) on NBC. Check out our coverage of "The Voice," which this season includes Sanford native Britton Buchanan and Chapel Hill native Rayshun LaMarr.

How to vote on "The Voice"

Vote through "The Voice" mobile app

You should have until noon Eastern time the day after Monday's performance show to cast your vote.

How to get and use the app:

Download "The Voice" Official app on your mobile device from iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app is free.

Register with Facebook or with an email address, and confirm that you're at least 13 years old.

Select the singer you want to vote for and assign the number of votes you'd like to cast. You can cast up to 10 votes per singer, per registered app account.

Vote on Twitter

Twitter voting is the primary way to vote for someone during a duet, or to "save" someone on an elimination night. Only one vote per artist, per Twitter account is counted. The appropriate hashtags will be announced during the broadcasts and your votes only count during that live broadcast window.

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North Carolina natives Rayshun LaMarr and Britton Buchanan are in the Top 24 contestants on NBC's "The Voice." Courtesy of NBC

Vote online at NBC.com

Go to nbc.com/VoiceVote and register with your Facebook account or with an email address.

Click on the singer you wish to vote for and assign that singer the number of votes you wish to cast — up to 10 per singer. Then click the "Cast Your Vote" button.

The voting window is typically from the start of the live show until noon the following day.

Vote at iTunes by purchasing eligible songs

Whenever you purchase an "eligible" song by an artist on the night of that performance (via Apple iTunes), that purchase counts as one vote. (Eligible songs are the songs the artists sang for that night's show.) To count as a vote, the purchase must be made the night of the performance or by noon the following day.

If the artist's song is in the iTunes Top 10 by the close of the voting window, that artist gets an "iTunes Bonus," which means their iTunes votes are multiplied by five.

*Cumulative votes: All downloads of songs by "The Voice" artists will count toward a cumulative vote total if that artist ends up in the finale. So downloading songs outside the normal voting window can still help them — if they go far enough.

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Sanford native Britton Buchanan, left, and Chapel Hill native Rayshun LaMarr from "The Voice" on NBC. Chris Haston / NBC

Vote by streaming on Apple Music

If you have an Apple Music streaming account, you can stream songs by your favorite artists to earn them votes.

Once again, it's for "eligible" songs (the songs featured on that night's performance) and the streaming window is from the time the song is available online until 9 a.m. the next morning.

Each stream of each song (at least 30 seconds of the song must stream) counts as one vote.

*Cumulative votes: All streams of songs by "The Voice" artists will count toward a cumulative vote total if that artist ends up in the finale. So streaming songs outside the normal voting window can still help them — if they go far enough.

Voting for Xfinity/Cox cable viewers

This doesn't help us much locally, but viewers with Xfinity/Cox cable have an extra way to vote.

Viewers must have an X1/Contour-enabled set-top box or they can go to nbc.com/VoiceVoteTV (see online voting above — it's pretty much the same deal).

To vote with a set-top box, use the remote to vote on-screen when prompted (click "info" on the remote and look for the X1/Contour Vote Graphic).

If you need more info on voting rules, here you go.

Brooke Cain: 919-829-4579, bcain@newsobserver.com, @warmtv, @brookecain

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