General election: “an election in which candidates are elected to offices. This is in contrast to a primary election, which is used either to narrow the field of candidates for a given elective office or to determine the nominees for political parties in advance of a general election.” –Ballotpedia
ESSENTIAL RESOURCES FOR VOTERS
- 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.
VOTER REGISTRATION & EARLY VOTING
HOW TO REGISTER
- Lake County Voter Registration Information
- In person at Cook Park Library or Aspen Drive Library (thru Oct. 11)
- Online (thru Oct. 23)
- By Mail (postmarked or delivered 28 days prior to Election Day) – download PDF or complete online form and print .
- Automatic Voter Registration – Automatic Voter Registration, commonly known as “AVR,” is a bipartisan initiative and establishes electronic voter registration at multiple Illinois state agencies, including at Secretary of State Driver’s Services facilities.
- Restoration of Voting Rights after a felony conviction.
Early voting starts September 29 at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan and at Early Voting Sites starting October 24. Voter registration is available at Early Voting Sites if you are not registered.
For locations and hours see this notice from the Lake County Clerk’s office.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You can find the upcoming election:
on the Lake County Clerk's Office November 8, 2022 General Election page under Ballot Information.
If you have moved to Lake County from another county in Illinois or from a different state:
- Complete a NEW voter registration application.
If you have moved addresses within Lake County:
- Complete the form on the back of your Voter's Certificate of Registration Card and return to the Lake County Clerk's office.
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 Vote.org.
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.
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.
USA.gov – An interagency portal of the United States government including information on voting and the election process.
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:
- Daily Herald Politics and Elections
- Chicago Tribune Elections
- Chicago Sun Times Elections
- Cook Library subscriptions to national election news coverage. Including digital access to New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and more.
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.
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.
Last updated October 24, 2022