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A personified pencil raises a fist next to a voting ballot featuring a red dog and a blue cat beneath the words: “Let’s Vote!” Voting is critical to democracy and should be mandatory in the United States. (Mary Ngo | Northern Star)

Voting should be mandatory in US

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor | March 5, 2024

With the 2024 election year, numerous campaigns are taking place. It’s crucial citizens go to the polls and vote. Mandated voting in the U.S. would make sure society’s voices are heard. One key principle of democracy is that the people are the...

Donald Trump raises two fists at a campaign rally Saturday in Richmond, Virginia. Opinion Columnist Will Thiel is voting for Trump in the 2024 presidential election. (AP Photo | Steve Helber)

I’m voting for Trump, here’s why

By Will Thiel, Opinion Columnist | March 3, 2024

With his strong leadership and unique vision, Donald Trump is the candidate who can unify the fractured GOP and secure the future of America. Voting is especially hard when the age-old debate about presidential term limits is in the headlines for the...

Courtney Pincuspy, a first-year biology major, responds to a street interview prompt. What do students look for in a political candidate, and do students feel their votes matter? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Voting in elections

By Olivia Zapf, Assistant Opinion Editor | February 29, 2024

The March 19 Illinois primary is quickly approaching, and voting is imperative to ensure your voice is heard and your values are represented. Knowing which issues you value makes you a more informed voter, which is integral in our misinformed society. Heading...

A voting booth stands in front of a window Nov. 8, 2022 within the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. Illinois primary election will take place March 19. (Northern Star File Photo)

Still time to register for March elections

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | February 22, 2024

DeKALB – As political party signs start to divide neighborhood yards in blue and red, it can only mean one thing – the March primary elections.   Illinois’ general primary election is taking place March 19. Feb. 20 was the voting registration...

Junior meteorology major and Trustee Tim Moore stands at the podium during the trustee debate before the SGA elections Monday on stage the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Prior to elections, Moore sent a mass-email titled “VOTE NOW TO PREVENT DECREASE IN ATHLETIC FUNDING,” encouraging students to vote for the NIUnited ticket, resulting in a reprimand for members of the ticket. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

4 SGA candidates reprimanded for mass-email campaign

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | April 1, 2023

DeKALB – Just as the Student Government Association elections came to a close, a coalition of four SGA candidates received a sanction as a result of a mass-email campaign on behalf of their ticket. An email was sent by student trustee candidate Tim...

Honor Morgan, junior political science major, is running for treasurer and hopes to keep funding transparent.

SGA treasurer candidate hopes to provide funding resources to student organizations

By Abby Byer | March 26, 2022
Honor Morgan is running for the treasurer position in the upcoming SGA elections and hopes to provide all student organizations with funding resources.

Generational split among black voters could hurt Biden

By TOM FOREMAN Jr. | February 24, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For James Felder, the question of which presidential candidate to support in the South Carolina primary has never been terribly complicated. The 80-year-old civil rights activist has always backed Joe Biden, appreciative of the...

The Latest: Protesters hound Buttigieg on minimum wage

February 24, 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic primary contest (all times local):2:55 p.m.Pete Buttigieg has been hounded by protesters during a march with McDonald’s workers in Charleston, South Carolina, who are striking for a $15 minimum...

The Latest: Bloomberg delays town hall to prepare for debate

February 23, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on presidential campaign developments (all times local):10:15 p.m.Mike Bloomberg’s campaign has delayed a scheduled CNN town hall so that he can spend more time preparing for Tuesday’s debate.Bloomberg was scheduled...

Reliability of pricey new voting machines questioned

By FRANK BAJAK | February 23, 2020

In the rush to replace insecure, unreliable electronic voting machines after Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, state and local officials have scrambled to acquire more trustworthy equipment for this year’s election, when U.S....

Buttigieg questions 3rd place finish in Nevada, cites errors

By MICHELLE L. PRICE | February 23, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pete Buttigieg’s campaign has questioned his third-place finish in Nevada’s caucuses and called for the state’s Democratic party to release a more detailed breakdown of votes and address reports of more than 200 problems allocating...