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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I vote?

Where you vote depends on where you live and where you are registered to vote. If you are a student living in the residence halls and are registered to vote in DeKalb County, you'll vote at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.

If you are currently living off-campus in an apartment and are registered to vote in DeKalb County, you may vote at a different location. You can look up your polling place by inputting your ZIP code (DeKalb's ZIP code is 60115) and street address.

What do I need to bring with me to vote in-person?

If you're not voting for the first time in Illinois, you don't need to provide ID to vote in person.

If you registered to vote by mail, are voting for the first time, and didn't provide your driver's license number, state ID number, last 4 digits of your Social Security number, a copy of a current and valid photo ID, a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government documentation that shows your name and address, or a student ID and mail postmarked to you at your residence, you'll need to provide one of these when you vote in person during early voting or on Election Day.

What is an absentee ballot and how do I get one?

An absentee ballot allows you to vote by mail and is available to you if you are unable to vote in person on Election Day. If you plan to vote by absentee ballot, you will need to make sure that you apply to receive your absentee ballot by your state's deadline.

Your state may require you to have a valid excuse to vote absentee. Acceptable excuses vary by state. Most include:

  • Being unable to get to your polling place due to illness, injury, or disability.
  • Being on business travel or vacation outside of your county or city of residence on Election Day.
  • Being a student at an out-of-state college or university.

This National Conference of State Legislatures table shows which states require an excuse.

You can request an absentee ballot by visiting vote.org. In order to obtain an absentee ballot, you will need to know in which state and at which address you are currently registered to vote. Follow your state's instructions for requesting an absentee ballot.

When should I vote?

Most people will vote on Election Day. However, you are also able to participate in early voting. Early voting begins on March 2, 2020 for the Illinois Primary Election and ends on March 16, 2020.

Can I vote early?

Early voting begins on March 2, 2020 for the Illinois General Primary Election and ends the day before the election (March 16, 2020). Early voting begins on Oct. 19, 2020 for the General Election in Illinois and ends the day before the election (Nov. 2, 2020).

If you are registered to vote in DeKalb County, you can cast your early vote in-person at Holmes Student Center in the Heritage Room on the 2nd Floor.

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If you have questions or would like to propose an event related to the ALL IN Campus Challenge, email us at All_In@niu.edu.


If you want to host a voter registration event and would like a deputy registrar to attend, contact Sandy Lopez at slopez1@niu.edu

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