The Chronicle's guide to voting in Durham’s 2023 general elections

Durham County’s municipal general election is on Nov. 7, with the in-person early voting period running from Oct. 19 to Nov. 4.

The election will decide Durham's mayor and three new Durham City Council members, from the top candidates of Durham’s primary municipal election on Oct. 10. 

Current council member Leonardo Williams and North Carolina State Senator Mike Woodard are the two candidates on the ballot for Durham’s mayoral election. 

Six candidates are vying for three city council seats: Nate Baker, incumbent Javiera Caballero, Carl Rist, Khalilah Karim, Sheila Huggins and incumbent Monique Holsey-Hyman will be competing in the polls on Nov. 7.

The Chronicle has you covered with a guide to where and how you can vote this year.

What to know about voter cards

Starting with the 2023 municipal elections, all voters must provide a photo ID to vote in North Carolina. 

Duke students can make use of Duke Student Voter ID cards, which have been approved by the N.C. Board of Elections as a valid form of identification during the 2023 municipal elections and the 2024 general elections. The voter ID cards are provided to students for free upon request. Other forms of valid photo identification include North Carolina driver’s licenses, other DMV-issued IDs, U.S. passports and N.C. voter ID photo cards.  

However, registering for a Duke Voter ID card is not the same as registering for elections. Students can register online, via mail or in person. If a student has moved to a different part of Durham or campus, they must re-register to vote with their new address. 

If students are staying on the same campus as when they last voted, they do not need to re-register. 

To vote in the 2023 election, individuals must reside within the boundaries of the City of Durham or the Durham County portion of the town of Cary. College students who are U.S. citizens can register to vote in their home state or the state where they study. 

Where can I vote?

A complete guide to polling places in Durham was published by the Durham County Board of Elections. 

Voters must go to their assigned polling site on election day, which can be found through the election day polling place search

The polling place for students living on West Campus is the Patterson Recreation Center. Those living on East Campus can find their polling place at the George Watts Elementary School

Students who choose to vote early can choose between five locations. Absentee ballots must be returned to the Board of Elections or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 7.

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Ishani Raha | Senior Editor

Ishani Raha is a Pratt junior and a senior editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.


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