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Northwestern's comprehensive 50-state voter-registration hub

of civic engagement.

That’s why NU Votes exists to help students get registered, get educated, and get to the polls. We’re cultivating a commitment to active citizenship, one student at a time.

Register In Person

Students, faculty, and staff can always drop in to the Center for Civic Engagement (1813 Hinman Avenue) on the Evanston Campus from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, throughout the academic year.

Register to vote, check or update your registration, or request or return an absentee ballot for all 50 states, plus access resources like envelopes, stamps, and copies of IDs, and get all of your registration and voting questions answered.

Bring a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID if you have one, and your social security number.

Online Tools

In some cases, students can complete most or all of the registration process online, depending on the state in which you are registering. However, each state’s registration process is different and many require additional elements (printed and signed forms, copies of ID’s, notarizing, etc.). Likewise, almost every state requires printed forms for absentee requests. Because of this, we encourage you to take advantage of in-person voter registration where you can be sure to complete the process fully & accurately and get any questions answered.

If you prefer to proceed on your own, the links below will get you started. If the submission of paper forms or any other steps are required, NU Votes can assist you with elements like printing, stamps, and mailing. Please visit CCE or an in-person voter registration event for assistance.

  • Find out if you are registered.

    Can't remember if or where you are registered to vote? Start here:

  • Register or update your registration.

    Use this form to update your registration or to register to vote for the first time.

  • Request an absentee ballot.

    If you will not be able to vote in person at your designated polling place, you may want to request an absentee ballot.


Questions? Call us at 847-467-3047, email, or come visit us to register in-person.

Please remember: NU Votes is simply an effort to help students register themselves. Students are responsible for working with their own local election officials to verify local laws and policies about voting in their respective districts, and to ensure that their registration and/or voting materials have been properly processed. Elections are managed differently by state and county boards of elections across the nation, and clerical errors can sometimes occur during processing. If you do not receive accurate registration and/or voting materials from your local election officials in a timely manner, please contact them to follow up.

Northwestern University does not endorse or oppose any candidate or organization in connection with this or any other political campaign or election.