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Be A Voter

Be A Voter

A nonpartisan resource for the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election

Essential Resources | Registration & Early Voting | Important Dates | FAQs | Election Authorities | Education/News | Political Parties

Consolidated election: “An election where more than one jurisdiction is holding an election on the same day, and participating jurisdictions take an official action to combine elections on the same ballot.” –U.S. Election Assistance Commission


Lake County Clerk’s Office



Lake County Voter Power – A powerhouse research tool for currently registered voters. (En Español)

  • View a copy of your ballot
  • See a list of districts
  • Find your polling place
  • Request a vote-by-mail ballot by providing some basic information (i.e. name, date of birth, etc.).


Voter’s Bill of Rights – Know your rights as a voter.

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Voting privileges are extended to U.S. Citizens at least 18 years or older that have been a resident of their precinct for 30 days prior to an election and can provide two forms of valid identification


Early voting starts March 10 at the Lake County Clerk’s office (18 N. County Street Room 101, Waukegan, IL 60085).

Vote at Early Voting Sites starting March 20

Check back for information on early voting locations and hours from the Lake County Clerks office. Or, lookup your polling place with the IL State Board of Elections tool.

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If you have moved to Lake County from another county in Illinois or from a different state:

If you have moved addresses within Lake County:

You have the legal choice of registering to vote in your home state of Illinois or the state where you attend college, but not both. For more information on your options, read this short article on

Yes. Persons experiencing homelessness can register and vote in all 50 states. For more information read Voting and Homelessness (Nonprofit VOTE).

Yes. Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, qualified servicemembers, their families, and U.S. citizens living overseas may register to vote and request a vote-by-mail ballot simultaneously. Additional information and assistance may be found on the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.

According to the Lake County Clerk's office, pollwatchers must be registered to vote in Illinois and be affiliated with the political party or the organization for which they are poll watching.

Pollwatchers must have proper credentials which are issued by the local election authority or the Illinois State Board of Elections after being first authorized by one of the following:

- The state or local political party; or
- A candidate; or
- The presiding officer of a civic organization; or
- The chairman of the proponent or opponent
- Group (of a public question).

Click here to learn more and download the Lake County Clerk Pollwatcher Guide

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Office of Lake County Clerk – The official website of the Lake County Clerk; with answers to questions like “Who can register to vote?”, “Where do I vote?” and voting options. (En Español)


Illinois State Board of Elections – A quick and easy way to find candidate filings, general election information, and to verify if you are registered to vote in Illinois. – An interagency portal of the United States government including information on voting and the election process.

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BallotReady – A one stop shop where you can check your registration, make a plan to vote, and research every name and measure on the ballot.


Ballotpedia– “The Encyclopedia of American Politics” including sample ballots and candidate profiles.


Local Election News Coverage:


Vote411 – A “one-stop-shop” for voter and election information launched in 2006 by the League of Women Voters Education Fund. (En Español)


TurboVote – Sign up to receive text reminders about upcoming elections including: dates, how to check voter registration or request a vote-by-mail ballot/vote early, and the address of your election day polling place.

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY – National | Illinois | Lake County


GREEN PARTY – National | Illinois | Lake County


LIBERTARIAN PARTY – National | Illinois | Lake County


REPUBLICAN PARTY – National | Illinois | Lake County

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This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Cook Memorial Public Library District. Links to political parties are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.

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Last updated February 8, 2023