A Nonpartisan Resource for the March 17, 2020 General Primary Election
Primary Election: the process by which voters can indicate their preference for a candidate in an upcoming general election and narrows the field of candidates for various elected offices at the Federal, State, and Local levels of government.
REGISTER TO VOTE
- Lake County Voter Registration Information
- In person including at Cook Park Library or Aspen Drive Library
- By Mail – Mail-In Voter Registration Form – download PDF or form to complete online 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.
- Same Day Voter Registration at Early Voting Sites
List of candidates has been compiled to the best of our ability. If a candidate‘s name or official site is not listed, please contact our webmaster to request a candidate be added upon review.
* Indicates incumbent candidate
Lake County Voter Power – View a copy of your ballot, list of districts, polling place, and a copy of your voter registration card by providing some basic information (i.e. name, date of birth, etc.). (En Español)
Special Voter Circumstances – Useful information on how to vote in a variety of circumstances including from a hospital and nursing home.
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.
Federal Voting Assistance Program – Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.
Presidential Election Process – Learn about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions. The Federal Government has developed a glossary of common terms used during election seasons. Perfect for new voters.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE DISCLOSURES
Federal Election Commission – Official United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations.
Illinois Sunshine – a tool for browsing political contributions in the state of Illinois
NEWS ELECTION COVERAGE
Chicago Sun-Times – Political coverage of Chicago and Illinois elections including the 2020 presidential election.
Chicago Tribune – Includes a 2020 election voter guide, news, opinion, fact checking, and details on how to vote in Illinois.
New York Times: “18 Questions. 21 Democrats. Here’s What They Said.” – A Meet the Candidates interactive site designed to “explore differences within the Democratic field” with a goal to “get the candidates to offer clear, direct answers, rather than perform their rehearsed lines on a broad theme.”
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PRIMARY DEBATE SCHEDULE
Sponsors: MSNBC and The Washington Post – Atlanta, Georgia
Watch: 7-10 p.m. CST MSNBC and streaming on MSNBC and The Washington Post websites
Sponsors: PBS and Politico – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – Los Angeles, California
Annenberg Political Fact Check – Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.
Center for Public Integrity – A well documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.
Newsguard -Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”
FactStream – An iOS app developed by the Reporter Lab at Duke University. App Summary: “FactStream helps you find the truth in American politics by bringing together the work of the three largest U.S. fact-checking organizations – the Washington Post, PolitiFact, and FactCheck.org. During major events such as speeches and debates, you can follow along as our partners fact-check in real time.”
Politifact – A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.
BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide – Nonpartisan guide designed for college students. Includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.
Project Vote Smart – A non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.
TurboVote – A tool that makes voting easy by sending text or email messages verifying voter registration status, reminders about important election deadlines, and polling place location. Developed by the nonpartisan group Democracy Works.
This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Cook Memorial Public Library District. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.
Last updated October 25, 2019