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Absentee Ballot Requests

Given that online registration is fairly new and only available in some states, online absentee request systems are not in place in almost ANY state. In most cases, you will need to print, sign and mail your form at the completion of this process. We recommend that you visit the Center for Civic Engagement or one of our in-person registration events for assistance. However, you can use the online tool below to get started and NU Votes will help you complete the process (the tool will also provide you with instructions on how to complete the process yourself if you prefer).

Note: National online tools like these are not always updated for local municipal, primary, or special elections. If you are requesting an absentee ballot for one of these elections, contact your local election officials to verify election dates and deadlines and ensure you are using the most current versions of forms before you complete the process.

Important Notes

You can use this tool to request an absentee ballot. However, in most cases, you will not be able to submit this form online. The tool will most often generate a form that you will need to print and mail. And you may need to take other additional steps as well depending on your state. NU Votes can help you with those additional steps:

Possible Additional Requirements:

Printing and Mailing
This tool will most often provide you with a printable pdf. If you would like us to print and mail it for you, you can simply email the form to us at We will print it for you, remind you to drop by our office or an NU Votes voter registration station to sign it, and we will mail it for you.

Just mailing
If you prefer, you can print and sign the form yourself, and simply drop it at our office or at an NU Votes voter registration station and we will mail it for you.

Copies of your ID
In most cases, you will be asked to include a copy of your ID with your absentee request. We can also copy your ID for you if you drop by our office or an NU Votes voter registration station.

Other Possible Requirements & Questions
If you need any additional support (access to a notary, additional proof of residence, etc.), or have questions about the process, we can help you at In-Person Registration.

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.