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
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.
Request your ballot (open to all registered voters; request by 5 PM October 29, 2020)
Track your ballot
Complete your ballot
Return your completed ballot, as soon as possible, one of two ways:
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.
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.
For more information on early voting
Polls are open 6 AM to 7 PM, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Use your assigned neighborhood site serving your address; locate your polling place:
You may register to vote at your neighborhood polling site
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 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.
Common Voting & Election Terms: A glossary from usa.gov 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.
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.