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United States treasurer speaks to NIU Tuesday on Latino leadership

By Candice Beasley | March 9, 2011

DeKALB | About 200 people came to hear U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios talk about her life and her influence on the Latino community. Rios is the first Latina treasurer to be appointed by a Democratic president, and the sixth Latina to have served in the position....

Young people are not politically apathetic

Young people are not politically apathetic

By Logan Short | March 2, 2011

There is no doubt in my mind that younger people are some of the least motivated or educated when it comes to politics. Are they willfully avoiding politics, though? I don't think so. Younger people are just that; they are young. It takes a while for...

Dissecting how your vote is counted

By Jessica Wells | November 4, 2010

After making their voices heard with a ballot, a voter may wonder what process occurs to tally their votes. DeKalb City Clerk Steve Kapitan said the city has been using optical scan readers to count the ballots since before the 2000 election. The optical...

Campaign ads catch attention, annoy others

By Leah Spagnoli | November 2, 2010

With all the buzz for elections, what is students' main source for information? Between radio and television advertisements playing constantly, student voters have a plethora of ways to choose who they're voting for. The Associated Press reported that...

The student’s vote?

By James Maahs | October 31, 2010

The general election is only one day away and some NIU students have already decided not to vote. Rebecca Hannagan, assistant political science professor, said she believes voter apathy among college students is due to a lack of information. She doesn't...

Grace period and early voting come to NIU

By Shaun Zinck | October 17, 2010

Starting today, the DeKalb County Clerk's Office will be on campus to register NIU students, faculty and DeKalb residents to vote in the county. Grace period and early voting will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the main level of the Holmes Student Center...

How do we get more youths to vote?

How do we get more youths to vote?

Historically speaking, the youth of America have always had one of the lowest voting turnouts. This week's Student Association elections saw about a thousand students on a 20,000+ campus turnout to vote, despite it's relative ease to do so. For this...

Sam Fuqua, senior computer science major, and Hannah Hornung, sophomore computer science major, take Student Association Senate ballot boxes to be counted in Adams Hall after polls closed  Wednesday evening. Over 1,000 students voted in the election.

SA voting results are in

By MaryJo Kratochvil and Jacqueline Evans | September 29, 2010

After all of the campaigning and voting the results are in for the 2010 Student Association Senate elections. There were over 1,043 votes in total, and SA election commissioner Patrick Frierson said he believes it's more than they had last year. "We had...

Voting registration deadline looming

By Northern Star Staff | September 26, 2010

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general elections is Oct. 5. Oct. 6 marks the first day of grace period voting and registration and runs until Oct. 26. According to the Cook County Clerk website,  “grace period registrants will either...