Your voice. Your vote.
Northern Illinois University strives to prepare its students for success by equipping them not only with the knowledge to excel in their careers but also with the critical thinking skills that will allow them to thrive in life.
As an institution dedicated to the free exchange of knowledge and ideas, we teach our students how to find and evaluate information and impress upon them the importance of hearing out all viewpoints. We seek to instill in them our core values of integrity and collaboration and to demonstrate to them the strength that can be found in diversity.
Through these efforts we hope that those who pass through our halls will leave with an appreciation for the importance of being an informed and active participant in our democracy and go on to become leaders dedicated to building stronger communities and a better nation for all.
Voting in local, state and national elections is one of your important duties—and rights—as a citizen. According to the Pew Research Center, college-aged voters account for almost one-third of the eligible voting population—so your vote matters. Learn more about why you should vote.
Know Where to Vote.
The non-partisan, non-profit Vote.org gives a very clear overview and will answer many of your questions about registration and voting.
You must vote wherever you are registered to vote. If you registered in DeKalb but will be living at home this semester, you may need to change your registration – or vice versa. Check to see where you are registered, and make a change (if necessary)
If voting in person, check with your local election authority to find your specific polling place.
Register to Vote or Check your Registration
The entire voter registration process takes only a few minutes and can be easily completed online. Learn more about the voter registration process.
Know When to Vote.
April 6, 2021 is the General Election in Illinois.
Early Voting at the Holmes Student Center Gallery Lounge takes place on March 30 and 31 and April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Check out these post-election resources, including events, support and reflections.
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 email@example.com .
Watch a video from Student Government Association Senate Speaker Brad Beyer to learn more about voting and voter registration.