The 2024 election season is here – vote in your state’s primary – or in Illinois by March 19!
Visit our Primary Elections Education Guide to learn more!



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Use this tool to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail

In some states, this can be done entirely online. However, in most states, you will need to print, complete, sign, and mail a form to complete the process. NU Votes can help with printing and mailing.

Review the absentee voting rules for your state to ensure you are eligible to vote by mail and must submit a request form to do so. Submit your request well in advance of your state’s deadline; we recommend at least 30 days before Election Day.

Chicago, Evanston & Suburban Cook County Voters Only:
If you are already registered to vote at your current address or you recently registered or updated your registration through Illinois’ online registration form, we recommend using the online ballot request form at the following links, instead of the tool that appears below:
Evanston & Suburban Cook County Mail Ballot Application
Chicago Vote By Mail Application
If you live elsewhere in Illinois, and/or you recently registered or updated your registration using a paper registration form, then use the tool below to generate a paper absentee ballot request form, and mail it in the same envelope as your registration form (if applicable).

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Important Notes

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.