Vote 2020

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November 3, 2020 General Election Information


Important Dates

September 24
Lake County Clerk begins sending Mail-In Ballots.  First day of early voting at Lake County Clerk's Office and designated temporary locations.
October 6 Close of in person Voter Registration.
October 7 Grace period registration and grace period voting begins.
October 18 Last day to register to vote online.
October 29 Last day for mail-in voting aplications.
November 2 Last day for early voting at Lake County Clerk's Office and designated temporary locations.
November 3 General Election.  Polls are open 6AM to 7PM. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by this date.


Registration

Confirm that you are registered to vote on the Voter Power page.

If you need to register to vote, you have several options. Visit the Lake County Clerk’s Voter Registration webpage.

Grace Period Registration is available at the Lake County Clerk’s office and any early voting site from 10/7/20-11/2/20 or at your assigned location on 11/3/20. You will need to vote at the time of your registration. Check the Lake County Clerk’s website for details and requirements.

Additional information is available from the Lake County Clerk’s office.


Voting

Vote by Mail

1. Request an official ballot. Registered voters must submit a ballot application by 5pm on 10/29/20.

  • Apply online.
  • Download the application to print for mailing.
  • Request a form from the Lake County Clerk’s office via email.

2. Return your voted ballot.

  • Mail your ballot with a postmark no later than 11/3/20.
  • Hand-deliver to the Lake County Clerk’s office by 7pm on 11/3/20.
  • Surrender to the election judge at your voting site by 7pm on 11/3/20.
  • Place your ballot in a postage-free drop box.

3. Track your ballot beginning 9/24/20.

Early Voting

  • Vote in-person at the Lake County Clerk’s office from 9/24/20 to 11/2/20.
  • Vote in-person at any early voting site from 10/19/20 to 11/2/20.

Election Day Voting


Candidates

Registered voters should use the Voter Power page for voter-specific districts, elected officials, candidates, and sample ballot (when available).

A general list of candidates is updated by the Lake County Clerk’s office as new information becomes available. The list will not be final until certification is received from the Illinois State Board of Elections.


Referenda

Registered voters should use the Voter Power page for voter-specific districts, elected officials, candidates, and sample ballot (when available).

A general list is updated by the Lake County Clerk’s office as new information becomes available.


Fact-Checking

Combating Misinformation
Often disinformation aims to disguise itself as a certain demographic. We are more likely to believe someone who aligns with us politically/ideologically/socially/etc. which is why foreign disinformation campaigns disguise themselves as patriotic Americans. They create profiles that appear real by posting things unrelated to the disinformation campaign they are running. See The War on Pineapple: Understanding Foreign Interference in 5 Steps created by the Department of Homeland Security for an example of how information operatives work.

Vote Smart
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League of Women Voters
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Ballotpedia
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FactCheck.ORG
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PolitiFact
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Illinois Sunshine
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