As an NIU alum, Acardo is committed at continuing to strengthen the “town-gown” ties between the community and campus.
The main topic of conversation was how the Office of the DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder can help spark more interest among NIU residents during the elections. This past April, only four residents participated in voting at the campus precincts.
“It is most concerning. These local elections have the most impact on our residents’ lives, including those that live in DeKalb to further their knowledge at Northern,” Acardo said.
“The leadership at the Student Association is devoted to working with my office to enhance resident participation on campus in the election process and on Election Day. I am looking forward to working with the new administration to encourage the campus area residents to become more engaged in our democratic process.”
Acardo is working with the student leaders to:
- potentially establish a second, permanent early voting center in DeKalb, near campus;
- finding highly trafficked areas to place polling locations for Election Day on campus; and
- to encourage younger residents to become active as election judges and learn more about the process as well as the happenings within the community.
“The more information we provide – the more we engage our residents – the more active participation we will have from voters in the county,” Acardo said.
For more information, and to stay up-to-date on the DeKalb County Elections, visit www.dekalbclerk.com or call (815) 895-7147.