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The Chronicle’s guide to early voting in the 2021 Durham municipal elections

<p>A voter checks in at the 5th precinct voting site in Durham at the W.I. Patterson Community Center.</p>

A voter checks in at the 5th precinct voting site in Durham at the W.I. Patterson Community Center.

Though election days are still weeks away, Durhamites will be able to take advantage of early voting in municipal elections starting this Thursday, Sept. 16. For those unsure of when or where to go, The Chronicle has put together a quick guide to early voting in Durham.

Important dates for elections

October Municipal Primary and Election

  • Sept. 16 – Oct. 2: Early voting period*
  • Sept. 28: Absentee request deadline
  • Oct. 3: Absentee by mail voting begins
  • Oct. 5: Election Day

November Municipal Election

  • Oct. 8: Voter registration deadline
  • Oct. 14 – Oct. 30: Early voting period*
  • Oct. 26: Absentee request deadline
  • Nov. 2: Election Day

*: Early voting site times

Sites are open for voters at the following times of the week:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 18: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Sept. 19: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Sept. 25: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Sept. 26: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Oct. 2: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Polling locations

Voting sites include the Durham County Library System—North Regional, South Regional, East Regional and Main locations—as well as the North Carolina Central University Turner Law Building. All of these sites are located in Durham and within 20 minutes of Duke. The Durham County Main Library is just two miles from campus, making it an especially appealing option for students. 

How to register

Students can register to vote by visiting the Durham County Voting registration page. The city also offers same day registration for unregistered people who would like to participate in early voting; all that is required is proof of identity. 


Gautam Sirdeshmukh

Gautam Sirdeshmukh is a Trinity sophomore and the health & science news editor of The Chronicle's 117th volume.

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