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.

Upcoming Events

In addition to the year-round services offered at the Center for Civic Engagement, NU Votes works with a variety of campus partners to support several major voter registration, education, and turnout efforts on campus.

  • Wildcat Welcome

    Friday, September 21st
    8am – 5pm
    Welcome Centers – 560 Lincoln, Allison, Elder, Sargent & Willard

    in collaboration with the Office of New Student & Family Programs

  • Voter Registration Station

    Monday, October 1st – Friday, October 5th
    10am – 10pm
    Norris University Center

    Visit NU Votes at Norris to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, check or update your registration, access other resources like printing, copying, mailing, and get answers to all of your voting questions.

  • Midterms 2018: What's at Stake?

    Wednesday, October 24th
    5:30 – 7pm
    Swift Hall – Room 107

    Educate yourself on the policy issues at play in the Midterm Elections in November, especially those most relevant to young people. From health care and health insurance, to higher ed access and affordability, to job prospects and the economic landscape, learn about pressing issues and current policy debates. Troy Alim, Midwest Organizing Coordinator at Young Invincibles, will share strategies to educate yourself on issues you care about, inform your choices at the ballot box, and continue to advocate for your policy preferences beyond your vote. Co-sponsored by the Associated Student Government, College Democrats and College Republicans. Pizza will be served.

  • Vote Together Ballot Party

    Tuesday, October 30th
    Norris University Center – Armadillo Room

    Voting is more fun when you do it together! Enjoy food, drink, music, and good company while you complete your ballot or prepare to vote in person. Look up a sample ballot, research the candidates and policy issues, discuss and debate your choices with friends. We’ll help with anything you need to submit your ballot by mail – stamps, envelopes, copies of IDs, etc. – we’ll even mail it for you. And our trained staff will be on site to answer all of your last minute questions if you plan to vote in person. Co-sponsored by the Associated Student Government, College Democrats and College Republicans.

  • Midterms Ballot Party for Grad Students & Post-Docs

    Thursday, November 1st
    Center for Civic Engagement – 1813 Hinman

    GRAD students and POST-Docs! Join us for refreshments and all the tools you need to research candidates and policy issues, find your polling place, and vote by mail. Drop by any time between 4 and 6.

  • Voter Van

    Thursday & Friday, November 1st & 2nd and Monday, November 5th
    11am - 7pm
    Norris University Center

    Take the Voter Van to the Evanston Civic Center to cast your ballot during Early Voting! You can register to vote or update your registration in Evanston at the same time – bring two forms of ID (one that establishes your identity and one that shows your current address). Co-sponsored by the Associated Student Government.

  • Election Day!

    Tuesday, November 6th
    Polls Open 6am – 7pm
    Patten Gym (North Campus) or Parkes Hall (South Campus)

    Vote! Vote! Vote! Polls in Illinois are open from 6am–7pm.

    Voting at your campus address?
    North campus votes at Patten Gym (2407 Sheridan Rd)
    South campus votes at Parkes Hall (1870 Sheridan Rd)

    Voting at an off-campus address? Find your polling place:
    In Evanston:
    In Chicago:
    Out of State:

    You can also register to vote or update your registration in Evanston at the same time. Bring two forms of ID, one that establishes your identity and one that shows your current address.

  • Election Night Watch Party

    Tuesday, November 6th
    7pm – 10pm
    Harris Hall – Room 107

    Join us to watch the election results come in. We’ll have live feeds running, food, coffee, good people, and a good time as ballots are counted and this thing called democracy is put to test. Co-sponsored by the Associated Student Government and the Political Union.

  • Election Night Watch Party for Grad Students & Post-Docs

    Tuesday, November 6th
    The Redline Tap – 7006 N Glenwood Ave

    Join grad students + post-docs across the University to watch the election results come in. Free appetizers + drink specials! RSVPs appreciated but not required:

    Co-sponsored w/ the Northwestern University Postdoctoral Association and the Graduate Leadership & Advocacy Council.

  • West Wingers: Stories from Inside the Obama White House

    Friday, November 9th
    Norris University Center – Northwestern Room

    West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House – Book Excerpts, Panel & Signing with contributors Heather Foster (SESP ’03), Darienne Page & Michael Strautmanis


    About the Book:
    Through moving and revealing personal stories, eighteen Obama staffers take readers deep inside the presidency, offering intimate accounts of what they witnessed during their time in the White House, and what they accomplished there. Each story exposes the human side of government—staffers devoting themselves to the issues that have defined their lives.


    West Wingers features the stories of women, people of color, immigrants, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans, celebrating the diversity of the Obama White House. From the triumphs of Obamacare and marriage equality to the tragedy of the Charleston shooting, West Wingers tells the story of the Obama presidency through the men and women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support his vision for America.


    More than just a history, it is an inspiring call to arms for public service, a manifesto for the power of committed public servants to make real change, and a powerful testament to what true diversity, inclusivity, and progress can look like in America.

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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.