Registration and voting information

Voting Information Updates offered by Duke Votes provide students an opportunity to receive targeted information about their voting situation. We will send an email with information regarding how to vote and the pertinent deadlines, as well as an update with information regarding absentee deadlines, early voting dates and times, and Election Day precinct information.

The Washington Post has a guide on how to vote in your state that will help you find registration deadlines and ways to register in your state.

Turbovote makes voting easy through a simultaneous online voter registration and ballot request process that takes minutes to complete. This tool helps manage voter registration deadlines and provides election reminders for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Sample Voter Registration Form for East Campus
Sample Voter Registration Form for West Campus

Research your ballot

Duke University faculty and staff are continually sharing research and analysis related to the 2020 election, all of which can be found on the Duke News website.

For North Carolina state and local elections, the News & Observer has created a voter guide where readers can look up who’s on their ballot based on their address and can compare and research candidates.

BallotReady is a tool that aggregates content from candidates’ websites, social media, press, endorsers and board of elections for comprehensive, nonpartisan information about the candidates and referendums on your ballot. With support from the National Science Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, BallotReady provides voter guides nationwide and works to help every midterm voter cast an informed vote.

Get Involved

If you want to help register students to vote, create informational graphics to help educate the Duke community, plan Duke Votes events, or collaborate in other ways, please fill out our volunteer form or e-mail Duke senior and Duke Votes chair Daisy Lane at, and she’ll plug you into the campus-wide Duke Votes operation.

Duke Votes Volunteer Sign-up

Student Groups

As part of our outreach efforts, we want to make voting accessible by ensuring that students have all the information they need to cast a ballot this Fall. Through our student group pledge, we will work with student organizations to provide resources, training, and information. By taking our pledge, student groups commit to working with Duke Votes to share resources, facilitate conversations, and do the work to reach 100% registration and turnout among eligible members. If you are interested in pledging your student group, you can do so here

Professors and RAs

We would love to speak to your class or residence hall. If you are interested in having a Duke Votes team member register your students, host a voter education session, or answer any questions, please email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm living in a new place. Do I need to re-register to vote?

You will need to re-register if you are living at a different residence from the place you were registered when you voted last. If you have moved from East Campus to West Campus and plan to vote in Durham, you will need to re-register. If you have moved to off-campus housing and plan to vote in Durham, you will also need to re-register at your new address.

I’m not living in North Carolina this fall. Can I still vote there?
You can register and vote in your home state. Your voting status in North Carolina is less clear. You can vote in North Carolina if you can prove “an intent to return” to the state. But it is unclear whether you can meet that standard if you do not have a current campus or off-campus North Carolina address. For more information, please refer to the NC Board of Elections’ statement:
How do I vote if I'm living on-campus?

You can find a guide to voting if you’re living on-campus here

How do I vote if I'm living off-campus in Durham?

You can find a guide to voting if you’re living off-campus in Durham here

How do I vote if I'm living in my hometown?

You can find a guide to voting if you’re living in your hometown here

Where is the closest polling place to campus?

There will be an early voting site on campus at the Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center. This site will be open to all Durham residents, regardless of their Election Day precinct. Early voting runs from October 15th-31st.

There will not be a polling place on campus on Election Day. You can check your precinct here

Do I still need a voter ID card?

Voters were not required to show photo ID for the 2020 primary election on March 3, 2020. This was 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.

What is on the ballot?

If you are voting in North Carolina, you can view your sample ballot here

Click here for a non-partisan guide to what is on your North Carolina ballot.

What do I do if my question wasn't answered?

You can reach out to Duke Votes at

You can also fill out our questions form and we will get back to you.