Why Vote?

Voting in a General Primary Election

Each state holds a general primary election between February and September to nominate candidates for the subsequent November General Election. General primary elections allow voters to nominate the representative candidate for their particular party for each public office for which there is an election in November. A party choice must be made in a general primary election.

Voting in a general primary gives you the opportunity to help determine who will be on the general election ballot in November. Each general primary helps determine the candidates in line to manage our governmental institutions and should be of great interest to all citizens.

Voting in a Local Election

Elections that take place in odd-numbered years, commonly referred to as consolidated elections, rarely feature any election to a federal office. Instead, these elections typically decide municipal and other board positions.

The outcomes of these elections can have a huge impact on the day-to-day workings of our community. As an NIU student, you have the option to register to vote using your local address where you live for most of the year and where many issues have an impact on you while you live here.

Consolidated elections decide positions such as township officials, city council members, school board members, park board members and more. These are the officials that make decisions on issues, such as affordable housing and rental properties, buses and transportation, parking, law enforcement, public safety, and green spaces etc.

Contact Us

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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