Exercise your constitutional right to vote in the election on 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:
CHECK to see if you're registered to vote at your current Lake County address.
To register, you must
During the 27 days before an election, you are required to vote at the time of your registration. You may register when you vote early -or- register at your polling place on Election Day, November 3.
FIND your voting place for November 3 (interactive map)
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, for November 3 election.
Track your ballot
Complete your ballot
NOTE: Your ballot will NOT be discarded if you haven't followed the ballot instructions! Election judges will send you a letter explaining how to correct your mistake and cast your votes.
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, if you can't find your mail-in ballot, 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.
Early voting began Monday, October 19, in Illinois. Any Lake County voter may visit an early voting site to register and/or cast their vote. Some locations offer evening and weekend hours.
FIND early voting locations and hours
Note: the map defaults to only locations that are available today. To view all locations, including those that will be available in the future, slide the Filter button to the right.
Early voting ends Sunday, November 1 at most sites. Early voting ends Monday, November 2 at the Lake County Main Courthouse, Gurnee Village Hall, Jane Addams Center, and North Chicago City Hall.
For more information
Polls are open 6 AM to 7 PM, Tuesday, November 3, 2020. As long as you are in line at your assigned polling place by 7 PM, you may vote. You may also register to vote at your assigned polling place. Use your assigned neighborhood site serving your address:
FIND your voting place (interactive map)
You do not need a photo ID to vote in Illinois. (But it is a good idea to bring one anyway, since there are a few exceptions to this rule.)
An election worker will verify your identify by asking 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. (In Illinois, sharing a photo of your marked ballot can result in a Class 4 felony.) Instead, take a picture of your "I voted" sticker after you've left or snap a picture of yourself in the parking lot of the polling place.
Your address the local, county, and district offices and referenda that you get to vote on. To see a sample copy of your ballot, visit LakeVoterPower.info. Enter your voter info, then select "What is on my ballot?"
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.