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When and where to vote early in Durham: Polling locations, times

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Wondering when and where you can vote early in Durham?

Early voting for the Nov. 3 election will run from Thursday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 31 in 14 locations around Durham, and the Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center on Duke’s campus is one of those sites. 

Starting Oct. 15, all early voting sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays from 2 to 7:30 p.m. The exception is Halloween, when voting will open at 8 a.m. and close at 3 p.m.

Other early voting sites that are easily accessible from Duke’s campus include the Durham County Main Library located at 300 N. Roxboro St, and the Criminal Justice Resource Center located at 326 E. Main St. Both locations are less than a 10-minute drive from West Campus.

The other early voting sites are:

  • North Regional Library: 221 Milton Road
  • East Regional Library: 211 Lick Creek Lane
    North Carolina Central University Turner Law Building: 640 Nelson StreetSouthern High School: 800 Clayton Road
  • Hope Valley Baptist Church: 6900 Garrett Road
  • South Regional Library: 4505 S. Alston Avenue
  • Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 4907 Garrett Road
  • Durham Tech Main Campus, Newton Building: 1616 Cooper Street
  • The River Church: 4900 Prospectus Drive
  • Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace: 2722 E. Main Street
  • Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church: 5731 N. Roxboro Road

Unregistered voters may register at an early voting site by showing proof of residence at their current address. This includes presenting a current college or university photo identification paired with proof of campus residency, a North Carolina driver’s license, photo identification issued by the government or other additional documents, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. After registering, voters can vote at that same site. Voters who have registered beforehand do not need to present any form of identification to vote.

The Durham County Board of Elections has created an Early Voting Site Locator that helps users find their nearest voting sites, directions and potential modes of transportation. Unlike regular voting—where registered voters must vote at their assigned precinct—Durham voters can cast a ballot at any of the early voting sites during the early voting period.

The county board website notes that early voting allows voters to avoid potential delays and vote on convenient days and during non-working hours. Same-day voter registration can also help voters avoid registration conflicts on Election Day and update their voter record if they have moved within the county since they last voted, according to the board.

For more information on early voting visit: dcovotes.com/voters/voting/early-voting

For more election coverage from across North Carolina, visit One Vote North Carolina, a collaborative of The Chronicle and six other student newspapers that aims to help college students across the state navigate the November election.

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