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Voter's Guide: Voter Registration
& Election Info

Registering to vote, upcoming elections, and nonpartisan resources for voters.

Plan to vote

Exercise your constitutional right to vote in the general election, Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Voters will elect federal, state, and local officials; in Illinois, voters will also weigh in on a statewide referendum. For information on your ballot, click on the "Research the Candidates & Issues" tab, above. For voter information


CALL 847-377-VOTE


Ve información para votantes en Lake County en español


To register, you must be a United States citizen; must be 18 years old on or before the date of the next election (November 3, 2020); must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day; must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction; and may not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Online: Before 11:59 PM on October 18, 2020, for the November 3 election.

By mail: Completed applications must be postmarked or delivered to the Lake County Clerk’s office 28 days prior to Election Day. 

In person: Call before visiting to check hours/availability of voter registration services.

Automatically at the DMV/Secretary of State’s Office.

Check to see if you're registered to vote at your current address:



There are three options: You may vote by mail, vote early, or vote on Election Day. Because of the pandemic, the Illinois Secretary of State encourages all registered voters to avoid lines and crowds at polling places by voting by mail for the November 3, 2020, election. Voting by mail is secure: mail-in ballots are verified using the same methods that are used at polling places.

Vote by mail

Request your ballot (open to all registered voters; request by 5 PM October 29, 2020)

  • Go to 
  • Log in with your name, house number (not street name), zip code, and date of birth
  • On the next screen, select “Request a Ballot by Mail”

Track your ballot

  • Go to 
  • Log in with your name, house number (not street name), zip code, and date of birth
  • On the next screen, select “Track My Mail Ballot November Election”

Complete your ballot

  • Read the instructions carefully to make sure you do not miss something or make a mistake.
  • Avoid stray or incomplete marks.
  • If you are confused about how to complete your ballot, contact the Lake County Clerk: CALL 847-377-VOTE or EMAIL
  • Sign your ballot using the same signature you used when you registered to vote or last voted in person. Many people have a quick signature that they use every day for credit card purchases and a more formal/complete signature that they use on documents. For election security, your ballot signature must match the signature that is on file in the County Clerk's office. If you're not sure which you used, plan to vote in person—early or on Election Day. 

Return your completed ballot, as soon as possible, one of two ways:

  1. To a secure ballot box beginning September 24: Lake County is installing secure ballot boxes around the county; voters may return their ballots to these boxes. View ballot box locations.
  2. By mail: Postmarked no later than Tuesday, November 3 and received by the County Clerk no later than November 17. The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing ballots at least a week before Election Day.

If you decide to vote in person after all

You may vote in person even if you received a mail-in ballot. Simply go to an early or designated voting site and surrender your mail-in ballot to the election judge when you check in OR you may cast a provisional ballot at the voting site; the County Clerk will tally your provisional ballot once it is verified that you did not also cast a ballot by mail.

Vote early

Beginning 40 days before Election Day, any Lake County resident may vote and register to vote at the Lake County Clerk's office:

VISIT 18 N. County St., Rm. 101, Waukegan, Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM

Beginning 15 days before Election Day, any Lake County resident may visit an early voting site to register and cast their vote. Some locations offer evening and weekend hours.

FIND locations

For more information on early voting


Vote on Election Day

Polls are open 6 AM to 7 PM, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Use your assigned neighborhood site serving your address; locate your polling place:

  • Go to 
  • Log in with your name, house number (not street name), zip code, and date of birth
  • On the next screen, select “Where do I vote?”

You may register to vote at your neighborhood polling site

If you vote in person

You do not need a photo ID to vote in Illinois. An election worker will ask for your address and signature, which will be matched with the one captured on your voter registration. Hint: Be sure to sign the same way you did when you registered to vote. If you have a formal signature and a quick signature (as for credit cards), use the same one you did when you registered.

An election worker can ask for your photo ID if...

  • you registered to vote by mail
  • if you are registering to vote or changing your registration address at the voting site
  • an election judge is challenging your right to vote (this is rare)

You may bring notes or other printed material with you to the voting booth. This includes a sample ballot.

You may not take a selfie while voting! No photography is allowed in the voting site, per Illinois law. Instead, take a picture of your "I voted" sticker after you've left or snap a picture of yourself in the parking lot.

Voter information

Common Voting & Election Terms: A glossary from defining common terms. Especially helpful for new voters.

Election Calendar: Includes all upcoming election dates for Lake County, Illinois, voters.

Federal Voting Assistance Program: Voting assistance for military service members, their families, and U.S. citizens overseas.

Illinois Board of Elections: A quick and easy way to find candidate filings and general election information, and to verify if you are registered to vote in Illinois.

Lake County Clerk’s Office Voter Services: The official website of the Lake County Clerk; includes answers to frequently asked questions like “Who can register to vote?” and “Where do I vote?”

Lake County Voter Information: Get answers to frequently asked questions.

Lake County Voter Power: View your sample ballot, districts, voting site, and a copy of your voter registration card by providing some basic information (name, date of birth, etc.).

Special Voter Circumstances: Useful information on how to vote in a variety of circumstances including from a hospital or nursing home.


2020 Election Guide

thumbnail image of first page of the printable Voter's Guide for the 2020 General Election

Download and print this guide, including:

  • how to register
  • where & when to vote
  • your Voting Plan worksheet


Understanding Your Ballot: Mail-in Voting & Tax Referendum

Get the info you need for the 2020 election: Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor and current events expert Professor Gary Midkiff present. View this library program, on demand on YouTube.