Voting Resources: Rock Your Vote, Even in a Pandemic

LAKE COUNTY, Ill. – If you live in Hawthorn Woods or Lake Zurich, Ill., here’s the scoop on voting safely, voting early, and voting on Election Day.

Rocking the Vote Safely

Whenever and however you vote this year, make sure you follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voting safety guidelines for social distancing, including wearing a mask or face covering if you vote in person, or if you mail or drop off your ballot in a location where you will be around other people. COVID-19 is making a surge in Lake county. (For more information about daily COVID-19 cases in Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich and Mundelein, click here.)

Important deadlines to know

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Before we get into the nitty-gritty details about voting in the 2020 general election, here are a few dates to keep in mind:

  • The deadline for online voter registration was Oct. 18, and it has passed. However, you can still register in person to vote, until Nov. 3. See below for more information about voting by mail, or download the State Board of Elections Frequently Asked Questions brochure, below.
  • The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is 5 p.m. Oct. 29.
  • If you live in Lake county, you can request a ballot by mail here. Your mail-in ballot can be dropped off at an official, postage-free ballot box or must postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and arrive at the local election authority by Nov. 17.
  • Early voting officially began Oct. 19 and continues until election day. You can find out here about early voting in your precinct.

You may register to vote in person until Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Check out Lake County’s Voter Power page

Still need more info? A good place to start if you live in Lake County is the voter power page.

Just enter some basic information (name, house number, birth date and ZIP code) into fields on a data-secured webpage, and you can quickly confirm your registration status and get access to a personalized page with more voting information options. Access your locally elected district officials, candidates, get a sample ballot if one is available, and get the lowdown on early voting, your polling place, and more all in one place.

You can also call the voter registration department at 847-377-VOTE (8083) to look up your registration status, request a paper ballot, get advice about early voting, or get help finding ballot drop-off locations. They also provide general voting assistance, according to the Lake County Clerk’s Office.

Voting by mail

Mail-in ballots were formerly known as “absentee” ballots, however you do not need to be out of state on election day to vote by mail. See above instructions for requesting a mail-in ballot, and do it before Oct. 29. More information on voting by mail in Lake County is available here.  

Voting early

For a detailed list of your options for voting early in person, check the Lake County Voter Power site. Many polling places are open now, or you can vote at a designated early voting location for your precinct.

Additional resources

  • Click here to check whether your application and ballot were received.
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