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2018 Primary Elections Education Guide

In 2018, states will hold Primary Elections from March through September, to determine candidates for the Midterm Elections in November. Use this guide to learn more about the upcoming elections and how you can participate.

When Is My State’s Primary?

The Illinois Primary Elections will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Most other state primaries will be held between May and September 2018. View a calendar of Primary Election Dates by State to look up your state’s primary date and registration and absentee ballot request deadlines. Or view a Primary Election Calendar by Date to see the 2018 primary schedule chronologically.


Where Should I Vote? Should I Vote In Illinois or In My Home State?

As a college student, you have the legal right to register and vote at either your permanent address or your campus address. You may wish to consider where you feel more connected to your community or more informed about local issues, the ease or difficulty of participating in the process, and where you feel your vote will make the greatest impact.

Please note: The information here was compiled from publicly available sources in an effort to help provide students with non-partisan information that they may need to know in order to register correctly and vote in upcoming elections. Northwestern University does not endorse or oppose any candidate or organization in connection with this or any other political campaign or election. Students are responsible for working with their own local election officials to ensure their own correct registration and to verify local laws and policies about voting in their respective districts.