Primary Election Day

On Tuesday, March 3, West Campus students already registered to vote in North Carolina will be able to vote only at WI Patterson Recreation Center, which is located at 2614 Crest Street. East Campus students already registered to vote in North Carolina will be able to vote only at George Watts Elementary School, which is located at 700 Watts Street. The Brodhead Center served as an early-voting location, but is not an Election Day voting location.

Also, since Crest Street is roughly a 20-25 minute walk for many students, Duke is offering West Campus residents free Lyft rides to the Crest Street polling station.  (If you live on Central, please check online or call to confirm your voting location.) Simply follow these steps to secure a free ride:

  1. Sign the waiver and release form here (Duke NetID is required).
  2. Obtain the promo code for the ride to and from the W.I. Patterson Community Center.
  3. If not already a Lyft user, download the Lyft app on your Apple or Android device and create a Lyft account.
  4. Enter the code under the promo code section of the app.
  5. When you’re ready to vote, use the app to summon your Lyft ride. All rides must begin and end at the Bryan Center bus stop on Science Drive.

Early Voting

Due in part to a record-breaking turnout on Duke’s campus in 2018, the Durham County Board of Elections once granted Duke an early-voting site on campus for the 2020 primaries. Early reports suggest Duke students turned out at a far higher percentage than statewide averages. More results coming soon.

Get Involved

If you want to help register students to vote, create how-to videos for filling out registration forms, plan Duke Votes events, or collaborate in other ways, e-mail polis@duke.edu, and we'll plug you into the campus-wide Duke Votes operation.

N.C. Voter Photo ID Card

IMPORTANT NEWS: Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the 2020 primary election on March 3, 2020.

This is the result of a December 31, 2019 federal district court decision that blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect.

The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court. For more information visit the State Board of Elections website.

We will continue to monitor the status of voter ID requirements in North Carolina and will update this page accordingly.

Duke Votes Ambassadors

This year we're instituting a new program designed to give students additional resources all across the campus. More than 20 Duke staff members have volunteered to participate in the "Duke Votes Ambassadors" program. If you're having trouble finding an answer you're looking for, they're available to help direct you to the right place. If you need to mail a voter registration or absentee ballot, swing by one of their desks for a stamped envelope.

If you'd like to reach out to a Duke Votes Ambassador near you, their office location and contact information can be found on this interactive map.

Congratulations on a historic turnout in 2018!