Election schedule released

Covers city primary
Sep. 12, 2013 @ 06:27 PM

Residents ready to cast their votes in the 2013 city primary should mark their calendars for Oct. 8. The primary election will include voting for the candidates for mayor and the City Council Ward 2 seat.

Durham Board of Elections officials say all City of Durham precincts will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8. Precinct 26, in Rougemont, will not be open. Precinct 32, at Neal Middle School, will be open for city of Raleigh voters only.

The Board of Elections office is preparing for a busy voting period where thousands will cast their votes. It encourages citizens to consider early voting options. Early voting will be available at board office at 706 W. Corporation Street from September 19 through October 5. The schedule is as follows:

·         September 19-20

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

·         September 21-22

Closed

·         September 23-27

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

·         September 28

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

·         September 29

Closed

·         September 30-October 4

9 a.m. – 5p.m.  

·         October 5

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Board of Elections Director Michael Perry said are encouraged to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election. 

“Municipal elections typically have low voter turnout, but are just as important as state and federal elections,” he said.

Same-day registration is an option for voters during the early voting period. But “it is important that our residents know that same day registration is not allowed at the precincts on election day," Perry said.

Anyone who is now 17 years old but will be 18 on or before Nov. 5 can vote in the primary.

The top two vote-getters in the mayoral and Ward 2 races will proceed to the Nov. 5 general election. The November election will decide the mayor's race and all three City Council ward seats that are open this year.

Citizens interested in viewing a sample ballot should visit the Durham County Board of Elections headquarters, or log on to the BOE website at www.dconc.gov/elect.

For more information about upcoming early voting dates and locations, contact the Durham County Board of Elections at 919-560-0700 or via email at elections@dconc.gov.