A guide to voting at Northwestern

    With two weeks until election day, Northwestern students registered to vote in Evanston can now start voting. NBN decided to create a guide for those of you hitting the polls on or before election day. Happy voting!

    What to bring with you

    If this isn’t your first time voting in Illinois, you don’t need to show ID to vote in person. If this is the first time you’re voting and you didn’t provide proof of identity at the time of registration, you may be required to present identification at the polls. While government-issued photo ID is not required in any other case, it might be helpful to bring it just in case there are any issues.

    Early voting

    The early voting period in Illinois starts 15 days before the election and stays open until the day before the election. Northwestern students can vote at the Evanston Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Avenue between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The last day to vote early, Nov. 5th, the voting location is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Election Day

    Polling locations will vary for Northwestern students depending on where they live. Generally, students on north campus will likely vote at the Patten Gymnasium (2407 Sheridan Road) and south campus students will likely vote at Parkes Hall (1870 Sheridan Road), but you can use this polling place locator to ensure you go to the right one. All polling locations are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.

    Is it too late to register?

    For any students who highly regret missing out on their chance to engage in the democratic process, never fear: It isn’t too late! Any person who has been living in Illinois for the past 30 days can register to vote at either the early voting location or any of the polling places on election day. All you need is two of any of the acceptable forms of ID, which include an Illinois driver’s license, Illinois state ID, employee or student ID, credit card, social security card, birth certificate, utility bill in applicant’s name, mail postmarked to the applicate, valid U.S. passport, public aid ID card or a lease of rental contract.

    Whether you’re already registered or not, voting in state or not, don’t forget to take the time to go out and vote.


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