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Voter registration, early voting at NIU this week

October 17, 2010

When the Illinois General Assembly adjourned last spring, one of the new laws passed required the creation of a pilot in-person voter registration and early voting program at several state universities, including NIU.

Early voting info

**People who register during the grace period are not eligible to vote at the polls on Election Day.**

From Monday, Oct. 18, through Thursday, Oct. 21, any NIU student, faculty, staff or resident of DeKalb County can register to vote and vote prior to Election Day, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov.  2.

Election officials from the DeKalb County Clerk’s office will be on campus in the Gallery Lounge on the main level of the Holmes Student Center  from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, through Thursday, Oct. 21, to facilitate grace period registration and early voting for students, faculty and staff and members of the local community.

The grace period in-person voting registration program and early voting site at the Holmes Student Center is designed for the convienence of students, faculty, staff and other DeKalb County residents.  The initiative will allow NIU students, faculty, staff and DeKalb County residents to register and vote at the same time for the Nov. 2 general election.

The Holmes Student Center was chosen for its central location on campus and its accessibility to both the NIU community and local residents. Short-term parking while voting will be available in the visitor’s parking lot south of the Holmes Student Center to accommodate local residents and NIU students. 

Individuals who wish take advantage of the grace period registration and early voting opportunity should bring a government-issued photo ID such as a passport, driver’s license or military ID. Voters also must provide proof of their current DeKalb County addresses. A student ID, utility bill or a piece of mail with a local address are examples of an acceptable second form of identification.

For a schedule and further information on grace period registration and early voting in DeKalb County, contact the DeKalb County Clerk’s Office at (815) 895-7149.

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