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Northwestern Law will monitor election process

Students, faculty to serve as election judges, poll watchers on Election Day

CHICAGO - More than 200 student and faculty volunteers, including the dean, from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, are expected to serve as election judges and poll watchers on Election Day as just some of the activities members of the Law School community will take part in on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The Law School announced in June that it would cancel classes on Election Day to allow time for students to participate in its “Day of Civic Service.”  

Volunteer efforts on Election Day

Beau Tremitiere, Northwestern Law student and a member of the Day of Civic Service Committee, said volunteer efforts on Election Day include the following:

  • Serving as election judges at polling places throughout Cook County
  • Volunteering as non-partisan and partisan poll watchers or poll observers throughout Cook County
  • Assisting the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, the U.S. Department of Justice and Equip for Equality by visiting polling places and surveying the facilities to ensure they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act 
  • Visiting polling places where high school students are serving as election judges to provide them necessary support, ensure they are having a positive experience and thank them for their service

Assisting campaigns with Get-Out-The-Vote efforts

On the Evanston campus, the University broke records this year by registering 96 percent of incoming students with the help of a new online tool called NUVotes. With the new online voter registration tool, reframed especially for use at Northwestern, and strategic in-person registration initiatives, the University is shaping the national standard for best practices to engage young voters.


In addition, an online game, NUpredicts, developed as part of the One Book One Northwestern program and inspired in part by analytics guru Nate Silver, enables members of the Northwestern community to test their skills of prediction against those of their peers. Political prognosticators will be predicting the next president of the United States and other electoral outcomes through Nov. 7, the day before Election Day.  

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