Durham voters can get to the polls for free via public transit on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.
The city council voted to make it a fare-free day at the request of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People. Ricky Hart from the Durham Committee proposed the idea to the city council during its work session Oct. 19.
Hart asked for free Election Day public transit while the polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., but the council agreed to more, giving riders a half-hour buffer for travel time. The free fare hours last from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 7.
Council member Don Moffitt said it was a great idea and said the cost – $6,300 – was a drop in the bucket compared to the larger costs of holding an election. Mayor Pro Tem Cora Cole-McFadden said that while nothing is free, the reduction in GoDurham revenue was worth it.
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Voters will choose between Farad Ali and Steve Schewel for mayor and three council ward seats. Cole-McFadden is seeking re-election to her Ward 1 seat against DeDreana Freeman. Ward 2 candidates are Mark-Anthony Middleton and John Rooks Jr. Ward 3 candidates are Vernetta Alston and Shelia Ann Huggins.