Voting & the Ward System

The residency ward system of selecting City Council members provides representation from different areas of the city. The concept means the Council candidate must live in the ward he or she seeks to represent. The candidate is, however, elected by all city voters. Wards do not affect where a resident votes or which candidate(s) a resident can vote for.

To vote, a resident must be registered 30 days before an election. Residents may register to vote at the Durham County Board of Elections Office, 706 W Corporation Street. Applications may also be obtained at any public library and the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. After registering, applicants will receive a card from the Board of Elections providing precinct and polling place locations. For information, call 919-560-0700.