A Nonpartisan Resource for Election Information
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.).
HOW TO REGISTER
Voting privileges are extended to U.S. Citizens at least 18 years or older who have been a resident of their precinct for 30 days prior to an election and can provide two forms of valid identification.
- Lake County Voter Registration Information
- In-person at Cook Park Library & Aspen Drive Library or The Lake County Clerk’s office, 18 N. County Street, Waukegan during weekday business hours.
- Online (En Español)
- By Mail (postmarked or delivered 28 days prior to Election Day) – download PDF (En Español).
- Automatic Voter Registration – Automatic Voter Registration – commonly known as “AVR” – is a bipartisan initiative that establishes electronic voter registration at multiple Illinois state agencies, including Secretary of State Driver’s Services facilities.
- Information about the Restoration of Voting Rights after a felony conviction (En Español).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
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
- Cast your ballot in a non-disruptive atmosphere free of interference.
- Vote if you're in line by 7 PM.
- Vote by provisional ballot if your registration is not found.
- Vote at your old voting site if you have moved within 30 days of the election.
- Request assistance in voting, if qualified.
- Bring newspaper endorsements or sample ballots into the voting booth but take them with you when you finish voting.
- Protect the secrecy of your ballot.
- Receive a new ballot if you make a mistake or change your mind.
- Screen your ballot after voting to ensure it is complete and correct.
- Have your ballot counted fairly and impartially.
If you believe these rights have been violated, call the Lake County Clerk's office at 847-377-2400.
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 Newsstand Page. If you’re hitting the paywall on news sites, use your library card for free digital access provided by the library. Access the Daily Herald, 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 Cook Memorial Public Library District Librarians. Links to political parties are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.
Last updated September 30, 2023