Confused about voting in the era of COVID? You're not alone!
Here are some facts that may help.
How can I be sure I'm registered to vote?
You can confirm your registration by logging into your personalized Voter Power page on the Lake County Clerk's website with your name (first and last), house number, zip code, and date of birth.
If you are not registered, find out how and where to register here.
What voting options do I have?
Voters have three options available to them: Vote by Mail, early in-person voting, and in-person voting on Election Day (November 3, 2020)
Vote by Mail
How does Vote by Mail work?
The Vote by Mail program has been the subject of much controversy this year, but it's still a good way to go. You can request a ballot online by logging in to Voter Power and following the instructions. All ballot requests must be received in the Lake County Clerk's office by 5:00 pm on October 29, 2020.
You have two ways this year to return your voted ballot (1) mail it to the Lake County Clerk's office with a postmark no later than November 3, 2020; or (2) drop it off in a postage-free drop box (find drop box locations and hours).
If I choose to vote by mail, is there a way to keep track of my application and ballot so I can make sure my votes are counted?
Yes! We encourage you to use the “Track My Mail Ballot – NOVEMBER ELECTION” button on your personalized Lake County Voter Power page to stay informed of the status of your ballot.
Can I change my mind and vote in person, even after I request a ballot?
Yes, but bring your sealed Vote by Mail ballot with you to your polling place on Election Day. You will be asked to turn it in to the Election Judges before you can vote in person.
I threw away my mail-in ballot after I decided to vote in person! What can I do?
You can still vote in person on Election Day! Explain what happened to the Election Judge, and you will be given an affidavit to sign. Then you can vote as usual.
In-Person Early Voting
When and where can I vote early?
The “Where Do I Vote?” feature on your personalized Lake County Voter Power page lists the hours of the early voting site nearest you. However, you may use any Lake County early voting site regardless of where you live in the county. You can see a complete list of early voting sites here.
At the Lake County Clerk's Office
- September 24 to October 16, 2020
- Weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm
- 18 N. County Street, Waukegan
- October 19 to November 2, 2020
- Use any site regardless of where you live in Lake County
- Evening and weekend hours available
Election Day Voting
When is Election Day, and where do I vote?
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm.
Use your assigned neighborhood voting site serving your address—find it at Lake County Voter Power. Don't forget to observe COVID precautions—wear a mask and follow instructions at your voting site for appropriate distancing.
You may want to bring your own pen—black ink only—as well as hand sanitizer.
Important: Please know that voters should never be demanded to leave a Lake County polling place over any voter eligibility-related concerns. When there are questions about voter eligibility, voters always may at least cast a provisional ballot to be resolved at a later date. If any assistance is needed, call the Lake County Clerk’s Office for assistance at (847) 377-VOTE (8683).
A few notes about ballot counting
Are ballots cast early or by mail counted the same as in-person votes on Election Day?
Vote by Mail and early votes are counted exactly the same as traditional in-person ballots. These elections will not be decided until ballots cast early or by mail are counted in addition to the ballots cast on Election Day.
How are mail-in ballots processed when they arrive at the County Clerk's Office?
Within two days of receiving them, the ballot signature verification and secure storage process begins. Ballots are counted starting at 7 PM on Election Day (at the close of the polls).