Early Voting Begins April 19 On Campus

Students, employees can cast early ballots until May 5

As part of North Carolina's early voting process, Duke will host a voting site April 19 to May 5 in the Old Trinity Room in the West Union Building.

To vote, Duke community members must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Durham County for 30 days by the date of the election. Voters must be at least 18 years old, although individuals who are 17 can register and vote in the primary if they will be 18 by the date of the General Election. Students currently registered in another state will also be able to register and vote at the same time.

Campus officials said the early-voting process is especially important since Duke's spring semester ends three days before the official May 8 vote, which includes elections for a number of federal, state and local offices.

"Voting is both a privilege and an obligation, and it is the university's goal to make it as convenient as possible for all students and employees," said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. "Duke is an active participant in civic life, and we encourage all members of our community to ensure their voices are heard on the critical issues facing our community."

Polling times will vary depending on day, including weekends. A full list of open and close times is available online.

Eligible voters can register and vote at any of Durham County's "One Stop" voting sites, including early voting locations. In order to register, a person must have one of the following:

  • A valid North Carolina driver's license with current address
  • Utility bill with name and current address
  • A government document with name and current address
  • Student photo ID with a document from corresponding school showing the student's name and current address
  • A paycheck or stub from an employer or a W-2 statement
  • A bank statement

As North Carolina enters election season, Duke faculty and staff are also encouraged to review campus guidelines for political activity and engagement with officials.