Voter Registration

Before you register to vote, it's important to makes sure that you are eligible to vote. To be able to vote in Illinois:

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be 17 years old on or before the date of the General Primary and turn 18 on or before the date of the General or Consolidated Election.
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • You must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction.
  • You may not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Illinois Voter Registration Deadlines

If you were registered in DeKalb County for the general election last November and you haven’t changed your address, you are ready to vote in the local elections!
  • In-person: 27 days before Election Day, after which you may register during the early voting period through Election Day.
  • Online: 16 days before Election Day 
  • Grace period: You can also register in person (and vote) at your local elections office during the "grace period." The grace period starts 27 days before Election Day and ends on Election Day. Grace Period Voting does not take place at your regular polling place. Grace Period Voting almost always happens at your local election office. Contact the election authority in your county for more information.

How to Register

You'll need the following information to complete online voter registration:

  • Your Illinois diver's license of state ID.
  • The issue date of your identification.
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • Your date of birth.

If you wish to register in another state, you can find voter registration forms for your state online at You can also check your registration status in another state if your are unsure of your voter registration status.

Deputy Registrars on Campus

Need help registering to vote from someone who understands the process? The following individuals on campus have been trained as deputy registrars and can register any Illinois resident who qualifies to vote. Feel free to contact them for assistance.

Name Department Email Address
Michelle Pickett Academic Advising Center
Lizbeth Roman Admissions
Emily McKee Anthropology
Sue Riebe Bursar
Cathy Doederlein Career Services
Caroline Kosmel Career Services
Jan Wylde Career Services jwylde2@niu.deu
Kathy Zuidema Career Services
Lisa King CHANCE
Kurt Westhoff CHANCE
Ralph Wheeler Chemistry and Biochemistry
Sharon Nelson College of Law
Judy Santacaterina College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Laura Vazquez Communication
Debra Miller Disability Resource Center
Amanda Newman Disability Resource Center
Suzanne Coffield English
Claire Duvall Faculty Development
Ariel Owens Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
Rubi Salgado Coronel Holmes Student Center
James Burton Management
Sarah Marsh Management
Jed McClure Management
Ursula Sullivan Marketing
Gay Campbell Office of the Ombudsperson
Patty Lee Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Destiny McDonald Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Natasha Johnson Recreation and Wellness
Patricia Wallace Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety
Guzette Espinal-Angulo Residential Dining Services
Janet Hathaway School of Music
Melissa Dawson Student Athlete Academic Support Services
Brian Glick Student Conduct
Kathy Hodgkinson Student Conduct
Edith Cowan University Honors
Jason Goode University Honors
Constance Storey University Honors
Fred Barnhart University Libraries
Crystal Hill University Libraries
Michele Hunt University Libraries
Joanna Kulma University Libraries
Tina Maxwell University Libraries
Leanne VandeCreek University Libraries
Gary Weishaar University Libraries

Contact Us

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

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

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