*** 41 days

until the Presidential Election on November 3, 2020!




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.


In-Person Voter Services

Have Questions or Need Help?
The NU Votes staff and student team is standing by! Email nuvotes@northwestern.edu or text us at 847-461-9015. We will be available for live support Monday–Friday from 2pm–6pm CDT and will reply as soon as possible (within 24 hours) outside of those hours.

Or stop in to our drop-in hours via Zoom or in person at one of our Voter Services Stations, where you can 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).

Just need help with printing and mailing? Check out NU Votes’ tips and resources, whether you’re on or off campus.

Upcoming Events

  • 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

  • Voting 101 & Voter Services Events

    Sun, Sept 20th @ 5pm–5:30pm CDT
    Mon, Sept 21st @ 5pm–5:30pm CDT
    Tues, Sept 22nd @ 7pm–7:30pm CDT
    Fri, Sept 25th @ 2pm–2:30pm CDT
    Wed, Sept 30th @ 7pm–7:30pm CDT

    First time voting in a presidential election? Unsure what voting will look like during COVID-19? Want to vote in November, but not sure where to start? Our NU Votes team will offer an overview of the voting process, and then walk you through our new online tools. You will be able to register to vote, check or update your registration, and/or request an absentee ballot to vote by mail during the session, and will leave prepared to vote this fall! Bring a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID if you have one, and your social security number.

    Note: Monday’s event is co-sponsored by the Southwest Area, Tuesday’s event is co-sponsored by the North Area, and Wednesday’s event is co-sponsored by Northwestern Athletics.

  • Drop-In Hours

    Mon, Sept 21st - Fri, Sept 25th
    Mon, Sept 28th - Fri, Oct 2nd
    2pm–6pm CDT (daily)

    Stop in to NU Votes Drop-In Hours on Zoom to get 1-on-1 support with registering to vote, checking or update your registration, or requesting an absentee ballot, and get answers to all of your voting questions. Bring your driver’s license or state-issued photo ID if you have one, and your social security number.

  • Voter Services Station

    Mon, Sept 28th – Fri, Oct 2nd
    12pm–4pm (daily)
    Outside the Jacobs Center (Foster & Sheridan), Evanston Campus

    Visit the NU Votes Voter Services Station in person to register to vote, check or update your registration, request an absentee ballot, access other resources like printing, copying, mailing, and get answers to all of your voting questions. Bring your driver’s license or state-issued photo ID if you have one, and your social security number.

  • 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

    Wednesday–Friday, March 11th–13th
    1pm - 5pm
    Norris University Center

    Take the Voter Van to the Evanston Civic Center to cast your Illinois Primary ballot during early voting!

    Or visit the Evanston Civic Center (2100 Ridge) on your own any day through March 16th, Monday–Friday 9am–7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm.

    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).

  • Illinois Primary Election Day!

    Tuesday, March 17th
    Polls Open 6am – 7pm
    Noyes Cultural Arts Center (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 the Noyes Cultural Arts Center (927 Noyes St)
    South campus votes at Parkes Hall (1870 Sheridan Rd)

    Voting at an off-campus address? Find your polling place:
    In Evanston: https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/your-voter-information
    In Chicago: https://chicagoelections.com/en/your-voter-information.html
    Elsewhere in Illinois: https://ova.elections.il.gov/PollingPlaceLookup.aspx

    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: http://bit.ly/NUElectionParty

    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.

Online NU Voter Services Tool

NU Votes has created a one-stop, comprehensive tool that will help you with whatever voter services you may need. You can use it to do just one thing – like register to vote – or to do multiple things – like update your registration address and request an absentee ballot. (Note that you may need a driver’s license or state ID number if you have one and/or your social security number to complete some of these processes.)

Use the NU Voter Tool to register to vote, change or update your registration, and/or request an absentee ballot. You'll also be able to access printing, mailing, and other services. Best of all, it only takes a few minutes!

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.