Illinois State University is encouraging students to participate in the Illinois primary election by making it easier to register and vote on campus.

In a campus wide email Friday, ISU President Larry Dietz shared that campus staff has been working with the McLean County Clerk’s office to secure a second polling place on campus.

Students will now be able to vote in the Bone Student Center and the Rosa Parks Room in Watterson Towers.

“This will help alleviate the long lines experienced at the Bone Student Center during previous elections,” Dietz wrote in the email.

Dietz also said that the university has been working with the County Clerk’s office to help recruit more election judges for the two campus polling places to “ensure a secure and convenient voting process.”

Students are encouraged to register to vote prior to Election Day. The last day to register to vote online is March 1. The two campus polling locations will be open for early voting starting March 2. Early voting can also be done through mail.

Same-day registration is available at both campus locations. For more information, the American Democracy Project at ISU maintains the Redbird Voter Guide that contains useful voting information.

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