Register to Vote

The 1998 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act requires universities participating in federal student-aid programs to make good faith efforts to distribute voter registration forms to students prior to the registration deadline. Northwestern University works with various student organizations to encourage students to vote and to provide them with registration information throughout the year. For more information, contact Jennifer Kunde.

To register in suburban Cook County: Voters may complete the registration form in person at their village clerk’s office, township clerk’s office, or at one of the six county clerk’s offices. Access these office addresses or download the registration form in English, Spanish, Chinese or Polish at The form must be returned to the county clerk’s office with a postmark no later than the registration deadline (28 days prior to an election) in order for the registrant to vote in the next election. This site also provides voters with information about precincts, poll location, elections schedules and candidates. Other counties in Illinois and throughout the nation have similar Web sites.

To register in Chicago: Information about where to register in person, as well as the registration form, are available at

Both of the above sites provide directions for voting with an absentee ballot and completing change of address forms. If you move between elections, even within the same community, you must notify the board of elections of your new address at least 29 days prior to the next election.

For information about voter registration in other states, log onto

Nonpartisan information on candidates and issues is available from Vote Smart and The League of Women Voters.