Registration deadline approaches for voters

By Matt Gronlund

Time is running out to register for the November elections.

Monday is the last day for voter registration and although NIU is making it easy for students to register, turnout has been less than desirable.

Jordan Kagan, voter registration chairperson for the Student Association, said registration on campus should be higher.

“I have this gut feeling that many students still haven’t registered,” he said.

“The turnout’s not too bad, considering most people are already registered by now,” said DeKalb County Deputy Registrar Harold McHugh.

Kagan said there are a number of reasons students should vote.

“If we don’t vote, (politicians and decision makers) won’t take us seriously,” Kagan said. “There are so many issues that are important to college students.”

“If you don’t vote you can’t complain,” McHugh said. “People make too many excuses for not voting.”

Not all students registering to vote will be registered in DeKalb.

Kagan said students who want to vote at school, but with an absentee ballot, should contact their county clerk at home as soon as possible.

To register, students need only a few things.

“All they need to bring is a photo ID and something with a local address on it,” McHugh said. “Even a bill is okay.”

The on-campus registration drive is sponsored by the SA and the Holmes Student Center. Students can register from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at DuSable Hall and from 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday at the student center.