How to Vote

Are you confused about how to register to vote? Do you know what to do when you show up at the polls? Don't worry, we got you.

1. Decide where you want to vote

  • You DO have the option to vote in Durham in 2018 - don't let anybody tell you otherwise! Personally, we think this is the most fun option, because you get to vote in person with your friends and get a sticker!
    • The governor has signed a bill that will change the way you vote in Durham starting in 2019, and we will give you the proper instructions when the time comes.
  • You can vote in your hometown - either in person or by mailing in an absentee ballot.

2. Get registered!

  • The best way to get this information is through They will ask help you figure out where you want to register, and what the laws are for that state. Some states have registration deadlines, so you want to get this info as soon as possible!
  • In New Hampshire, you can register in person at the polls on Election Day. This does make the process take longer, so if you're worried about a time crunch that day, then you should register in advance.

3. Research the candidates and decide who to vote for

4. Make a voting plan

  • If you're voting in person, make sure you know your schedule for Election Day. Durham polls are open 7 AM - 7 PM. Look at what time you have classes, work, student org meetings, and any other commitments, and make a plan for what time you'll be going to the polls.

5. VOTE!

  • If you're voting in Durham, there will be shuttles to the polls on November 6 leaving from the MUB circle.
  • If you're voting absentee, make sure you know the deadline to mail in your ballot! It will be due before November 6, so pay attention. If you sign up with Turbovote, they can email or text you a reminder of the deadline.


  • Become a Voter Outreach volunteer! We will be tabling in the MUB through Election Day, helping people make a voting plan. Click here to sign up as a Voter Outreach Volunteer. Mark your calendar for volunteer training on Friday, September 21 from 3:00-4:00. If you can't make it, we can schedule another training for you.