*** 17 days

until the 2018 Midterm Elections — Tuesday, November 6




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.

  • 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. Pizza will be served.

  • #VoteTogether 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.

  • Voter Van

    Thursday & Friday, November 1st & 2nd and Monday, November 5th
    11am - 5pm
    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).

  • Election Day!

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

    Off Campus or Out of State? Find your polling place

  • 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.

  • 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

For the most up-to-date voting information, follow NU Votes on Facebook or Twitter.

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 nuvotes@northwestern.edu, 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.