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NUVotes

Northwestern's comprehensive 50-state voter-services hub

VOTING IS A CORNERSTONE
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.

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Voter Services

Have Questions or Need Help?
The NU Votes staff and student team is standing by! Email nuvotes@northwestern.edu.

Or stop in to our drop-in hours at the Center for Civic Engagement, 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

NU Votes organizes voter registration, education, and turnout efforts, and works with a variety of campus partners to support and promote election-related programming throughout the season.

  • Voter Registration at Wildcat Welcome

    Monday, September 11
    9am – 5pm
    Welcome Centers (North & South)

    NU Votes will offer voter registration services for incoming undergraduate students at move-in, in collaboration with the Office of Student Transition Experiences. Our staff can help you register to vote for the first time or change or update your voter registration, to your campus/local address or a permanent address anywhere in the U.S. Bring your current address, a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID if you have one, and your social security number.

  • 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
    Zoom

    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.

  • Remote Drop-In Hours

    Tuesday, November 3rd
    10am–12pm CST
    Zoom

    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.

  • In-Person Drop-In Hours

    Tuesday, September 28th & Thursday, September 30th
    12pm–4pm
    1813 Hinman

    In honor of National Voter Registration Day, stop in to NU Votes Drop-In Hours at the Center for Civic Engagement at 1813 Hinman Ave in Evanston. Get 1-on-1 support with registering to vote, checking or updating 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.

  • Primary Election Drop-In Hours

    Fridays
    12pm–4pm
    1813 Hinman

    Stop in to NU Votes Drop-In Hours at the Center for Civic Engagement at 1813 Hinman Ave. Get 1-on-1 support with registering to vote, checking or updating your voter registration (to your campus/local address or a permanent address anywhere in the U.S.), or requesting an absentee ballot to vote by mail, and more. Plus get answers to all of your voting questions. Bring your current address, a 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.

  • Voter Registration for Medical Students

    Tuesday, August 1
    3-5pm
    Tarry Research Building, Method Atrium

    NU Votes will offer voter registration for incoming medical students, in partnership with the Feinberg School of Medicine. Our staff can help you register to vote or change or update your voter registration (to your local address here in Illinois or a permanent address anywhere in the U.S.). Bring your current address, a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID if you have one, and your social security number.

  • Voter Registration at TGS Orientation

    Wednesday, September 13
    1pm – 3pm
    TGS Resource Fair at Norris

    NU Votes will offer voter registration services for incoming graduate students at The Graduate School’s Resource Fair. The fair will take place Wednesday, September 13 from 1–3pm on the second floor of Norris University Center. Our staff can help you register to vote or change or update your voter registration, to your local address here in Illinois or a permanent address anywhere in the U.S. Bring your current address, a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID if you have one, and your social security number.

  • Voter Services Station & Trips to the Polls

    Mon, Oct 26th – Fri, Oct 30th
    2pm–4pm (daily)
    Outside the Jacobs Center (Foster & Sheridan), Evanston Campus

    Visit the NU Votes Voter Services Station in person for support with early or mail-in voting. Pick up stamps to mail your ballot, access copying and notary services, and get answers to all of your last minute voting questions. NU Votes Ambassadors will lead walking trips to the Evanston Civic Center every half hour for early voting or mail ballot drop offs. If you still need to register and vote in Evanston, bring two forms of ID (proof of identity and proof of address).

  • Voter Van

    Thurs Nov 3 & Fri Nov 4
    1 - 4pm
    Norris University Center

    Take the Voter Van to the Evanston Civic Center to cast your Illinois Midterm ballot during early voting! Or visit the Evanston Civic Center (2100 Ridge) on your own any day through November 7th; see details here. 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 3
    Your Local Polling Place

    Last chance to vote in person or return your mail ballot!

    On Election Day, you must vote at your local polling place. If you live on campus, north campus votes at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center (927 Noyes St), and south campus votes at the Hilton Garden Inn (1818 Maple Ave). If you live off campus or out of state, find your polling place. In Illinois, polls are open from 6am–7pm.

    In 20 states, including Illinois, you can register to vote or update your registration on Election Day. Bring TWO forms of ID, proof of identity and proof of address.

    If you still need to return your mail-in ballot, bring it to a secure ballot drop box or to deliver it in person. Find drop box locations for Suburban Cook County or Chicago, or check out the ballot return options for your state. Illinois accepts mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day. If you’re voting elsewhere, check your state’s deadlines. If you need to secure a postmark, bring your ballot directly to a post office.

  • Voter Registration for Returning Students

    Tuesday, September 19
    10am–4pm
    Center for Civic Engagement (1813 Hinman)

    In honor of National Voter Registration Day, NU Votes will offer voter registration services for returning students on a drop-in basis at the Center for Civic Engagement at 1813 Hinman. Our staff can help you register to vote for the first time or change or update your voter registration, to your campus/local address or a permanent address anywhere in the U.S. If your state has an election coming up, we can also help you request an absentee ballot to vote by mail. Bring your current address, a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID if you have one, and your social security number.

  • Voter Services for Returning Students

    Mon Sept 26 – Fri Sept 30
    12pm–4pm
    Norris University Center

    NU Votes will offer a comprehensive Voter Services Station at Norris (just inside the West Main Entrance). Our staff can help you register to vote for the first time, change or update your voter registration (to your campus/local address or a permanent address anywhere in the U.S.), request an absentee ballot to vote by mail, and more. Bring your current address, a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID if you have one, and your social security number.

  • Chicago Municipal Runoff Election

    Tuesday, April 4th
    6am–7pm
    Your Local Polling Place

    Last chance to vote in person or return your mail ballot!

    In Chicago, you can vote in-person at any of 50+ Vote Centers throughout the city during early voting or on Election Day, or at your assigned local polling place on Election Day. You can still register to vote or update your registration just before you vote, with TWO forms of ID (proof of identity and proof of address). On Election Day, all polling places are open from 6 AM to 7 PM.

    If you still need to return your mail-in ballot, you can bring it to any of 50+ secure ballot drop boxes throughout the city during early voting or on Election Day. Or bring it to your local post office to be postmarked by Election Day.

  • Evanston & Cook County Elections

    Tuesday, April 4th
    6am–7pm
    Your Local Polling Place

    Last chance to vote in person or return your mail ballot!

    In Evanston, you can vote in-person at the Evanston Civic Center during early voting, or at your assigned local polling place on Election Day. You can still register to vote or update your registration just before you vote, with TWO forms of ID (proof of identity and proof of address). On Election Day, all polling places are open from 6 AM to 7 PM.

    If you still need to return your mail-in ballot, you can bring it to the ballot drop box at the Evanston Civic Center during early voting, or to your local post office to be postmarked by Election Day.

  • Election Night Watch Party for Graduate Students

    Tuesday, April 4
    6:15pm–9pm
    Center for Civic Engagement (1813 Hinman)

    Chicago’s Municipal Runoff Election will be held Tuesday, April 4. Watch the results come in with NU Votes Graduate Student Ambassadors and special guest Tom Ogorzalek, Co-Director of the Chicago Democracy Project. The election will determine Chicago’s next mayor and more than a dozen City Council seats.
    6:15–7 pm: Grab dinner while Dr. Ogorzalek shares polling results
    7–9 pm: Watch the live returns
    RSVP by April 2

Online Tools

Use NU Votes Online Tools to check your registration, register or update your registration, and/or request an absentee ballot to vote by mail.

In most states, registration can be done entirely online if you have an in-state driver’s license or state ID number; ballot requests can sometimes be done online as well. However, for some registrations and most ballot requests, you will need to print, complete, sign, and mail a form to complete the process. Some states may also require copies of IDs, a witness signature, or a notary.

Because of this, we encourage you to take advantage of our in-person voter services where you can be sure to complete the process fully and accurately and get any questions answered. Please visit CCE or an in-person voter services station for assistance.

  • Find out if you are registered.

    Can't remember if or where you are registered to vote or want to double check?

    CHECK STATUS
  • Register or update your registration.

    Register to vote for the first time or change or update your voter registration.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Request an absentee ballot.

    If you will not be able to vote in person or prefer to vote by mail, you may need to request an absentee ballot.

    REQUEST BALLOT

Questions? Email nuvotes@northwestern.edu or get in-person support.

NU Votes is a non-partisan voter engagement initiative administered by Northwestern University’s Center for Civic Engagement. Northwestern does not endorse or oppose any candidate or organization in connection with any political campaign or election.

Please Note: NU Votes is simply an effort to help students register and vote 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. 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.