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Northwestern raises bar for student civic engagement in 2016 election

Northwestern’s Voter Van, back in service Nov. 2 - 4, followed its patriotic route from Norris University Center to the Evanston Civic Center, where students voted early and took advantage of same-day registration.

The University broke records this year by registering 96 percent of incoming students with the help of a new online tool called NUVotes.

Northwestern’s extraordinary focus on voting also includes the online game NUpredicts, and classes have been canceled on Election Day at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law so students can participate in a  “Day of Civic Service.”

Northwestern is shaping the national standard for best practices to engage young voters through NUVotes and strategic in-person registration initiatives.

Through NUpredicts, inspired in part by analytics guru Nate Silver and the One Book One Northwestern program, members of the Northwestern community can test their political prognosticating skills against those of their peers about this highly volatile election through Nov. 7.

And come Election Day, more than 200 law students and faculty volunteers, including Northwestern Law Dean Daniel Rodriguez, are expected to serve as election judges and poll watchers.