Follow These Simple Steps to Cast Your Vote!


We all know more people voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump in the 2016 election. But did you know an even bigger number is the number of  people--eligible voters--who didn't vote at all?


You can change that! Help us repeat our success in 2018 and get more Democrats elected in Lake County and across the board.  

Here's the plan:

First, Make Sure You're Registered

Recent changes in your name or address can trip you up. Confirm your registered status here.

Vote by Mail in 4 Easy Steps

Since COVID-19 will likely still be an issue in November, we encourage all voters to consider the option to vote by mail. It's quick, it's easy, and you can request your ballot now! Follow these simple steps:

  1. Request a ballot at Voter Power or use the option to mail in your ballot request. All ballot requests must be received in the Lake County Clerk's Office by 5 p.m., October 29.  

  2. Ballots will be mailed out starting September 24. You should receive your ballot at your residence or alternate mailing address between late September and early October. 

  3. Fill out and SIGN your ballot. Don't forget the stamp! 

  4. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to the Lake County Clerk's office or one of the official ballot drop boxes around the county. Your ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day, November 3. This is the address for the Lake County Clerk:
    Lake County Clerk
    18 N. County St. Room 101
    Waukegan, IL 60085


  5.  Track your ballot.  Check the status of your ballot online or by calling 847-377-2406 after September 24. 



Place Your Ballot in a Secure Voting Dropbox

Are you concerned about mail delays? You can drop your completed ballot in a secure, official ballot drop box. No postage needed. Click here to see the locations of these boxes


Another Option? Vote Early

If you don't vote by mail, early voting can help you avoid
typical Election Day crowds.


You can vote in person at the Lake County Clerk's office
starting September 24, and 15 days before Election Day 
at other convenient locations throughout the county.

Early voting ends the Monday before the election.

Check here for early voting hours and locations as
the election gets closer. Early voting sites as well as
Election Day polling places comply with the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are handicapped-


Vote on Election Day

Plan ahead and arrive early to your polling place if you
can. Polls in Illinois are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Learn more here


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There's a lot of incorrect information out there about voting. Voting laws vary by state, so your friend in Wisconsin will follow different rules than we do in Illinois. Check out these questions and answers based on  Illinois  election law. 


What if I get a vote-by-mail ballot and then decide I want to vote in person?

No problem! Just bring your vote-by-mail ballot and envelope to your polling place once in-person voting begins. Return them to an election judge, and request a regular ballot to vote then and there. Easy! The big advantage of having that vote-by-mail ballot in hand before the polls open for in-person voting is that if something comes up and you’d rather not leave home, you can still vote.

When do I have to return my ballot? 

Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day: November 3. But don't wait until then! Send it right away to be sure you don't lose it or forget later. Send your stamped, mail-in ballot to: Lake County Clerk, 18 N. County St., Room 101, Waukegan, IL 60085. 

What if I wait until late October to ask for a mail-in ballot?

If you want your vote to count, don't delay! More people than ever are expected to vote by mail this year, so the Postal Service will be very busy. While the legal deadline to request a ballot request to be received in the Lake County Clerk's Office is October 29, don't push it. 

What if I get two ballots in the mail? 

The County Clerk's Office tracks ballots as they come in. The office will match the signature on your ballot and only allow one vote to be cast per person. You can throw away the extra ballot.

How long will it take me to apply for a ballot?

It usually takes less than 5 minutes. Have your photo ID handy.


For more information, visit the Lake County Clerk's voting website:

Coroner Candidate Jennifer Banek visits with an especially patriotic dog during her run in Lake Bluff in August. (Photo by Lucinda Troester)

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