Northwestern's comprehensive 50-state voter-registration hub

✓ check your registration status
✓ register or update your registration
✓ request an absentee ballot

of civic engagement.

College students have a legal right to register and vote at their permanent address or their campus address, which can make the process a complicated one to navigate. NU Votes supports two different mechanisms for you to make sure you are registered correctly:

Register In-Person

Use Online Tools

In-Person Registration

NU Votes offers two in-person ways for Northwestern community members to register to vote, update their registration status, or request an absentee ballot. Staff will be on hand to help with any questions about the process, and NU Votes can do any printing, copying, and mailing that might be necessary.

Year-Round at CCE

Students, faculty, and staff can always drop in and register at the Center for Civic Engagement (1813 Hinman Ave. – next to Admissions) on the Evanston Campus 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, throughout the year.

Major Registration Events on Campus

In addition to the year-round registration assistance offered at the Center for Civic Engagement, NU Votes works with a variety of campus partners to support several major registration events on campus each fall.

Wildcat Welcome

Monday, Sept. 11  |  8am – 5pm

at Welcome Centers – 560 Lincoln, 1835 Hinman, Allison, Elder, & Sargent

in collaboration with the Office of New Student & Family Programs

For information about other on-campus registration drives, follow NU Votes on Facebook or Twitter.

What do I need to bring?

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.