Elections and Voter Registration
2020 General Election Information
The 2020 General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3. The Lake County Clerk is working to ensure that all Lake County voters are able to safely exercise their right to vote during the pandemic. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, the Lake County Clerk encourages voters to plan to vote by mail. Voting by mail is safe and confidential. Information on this page is derived from the Lake County Clerk's Office. For additional information, please visit the Lake County Clerk's Website, Voter Power for Registered Voters, or call 847.377.VOTE (8683).
- Early Voting Information
- Election Day Voting Information
- Requesting a Vote-By-Mail Ballot
- Returning a Vote-By-Mail Ballot
- Postage-free Drop Box Locations
- Voter Registration
- COVID-19 Election Day Safety Guidelines (CDC); COVID-19 Election Day Guidelines (IDPH)
Early voting for the General Election is from October 19, 2020 through November 1, 2020 at two nearby locations:
- Highland Park Country Club 1201 Park Avenue W
Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Please note that the Highland Park Police Department is no longer an early voting site. The early voting site at the Highland Park Country Club will also host a secure drop box for Vote by Mail Ballots. Voters may return their Vote by Mail ballot to this drop box during early voting hours. Click here for more information on ballot drop boxes.
- Lake Forest City Hall 220 Deerpath
Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM.
The Lake County Clerk's Office also has an early voting locator tool to find additional convenient early voting sites throughout Lake County.
Election Day Information
On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Election Day, all polling places will open at 6:00 AM and will close at 7:00 PM. Information regarding where to vote can be found on your voter identification card or by visiting the Lake County Clerk's Office Voter Power website. Individual polling locations are determined by the precinct number that is listed on the Certificate of Voter Registration card.
For additional information please visit the Lake County website or call the Lake County Clerk's Office at 847.377.2410.
Requesting a Vote-By-Mail Ballot
Voters must complete an Application for Ballot in order to receive a vote-by-mail ballot.
For the November 3, 2020 General Election only, the Lake County Clerk has mailed an Application for Ballot to all Lake County voters who:
- Voted in the March 2020 General Primary Election, April 2019 Consolidated Election, or the November 2018 General Election, or
- Registered to vote or updated their address from March 18, 2020 to July 31, 2020
This is not a ballot. In order to vote by mail, voters must return the completed Application for Ballot to the Lake County Clerk by 5:00 PM on October 29, 2020.
All other Lake County voters should request their Application for Ballot using one of the following methods:
- Electronic Application for Ballot via Voter Power
- Paper Application for Ballot, which must be printed, signed and sent to the Lake County Clerk's Office. Click here for detailed instructions.
Ballots will be mailed to your residence or alternate mailing address beginning September 24, 2020. Voters may track their ballot by calling the Lake County Clerk or by logging in to Voter Power beginning September 24, 2020.
Returning Your Vote by Mail Ballot
Voted ballots must be returned to the Lake County Clerk by November 3, 2020. There are several ways to return your voted ballot:
- Hand deliver your voted ballot to the Lake County Clerk's Office by 7 PM on Election Day. Appointments are required.
- Mail your voted ballot to the Lake County Clerk's Office with a postmark no later than November 3, 2020.
- Bring your voted ballot to the voting site and provide it to the election judges.
- Place your ballot in a postage-free drop box. Postage-free drop boxes for Vote By Mail ballots will be available beginning September 24, 2020. Lake County voters who request a Vote by Mail ballot may choose to return their ballot to a secure drop box instead of postal mail. Drop boxes will be located in convenient locations throughout Lake County. Click here to download a list of drop box locations.
Registering to Vote
Individuals may view their registration status using Voter Power.
Lake County residents may register to vote online, by mail, or in-person. Individuals may register to vote if:
- You are a United States citizen
- You are at least 18 years old on election day
- You have resided in your voting precinct for at least 30 days
Note: You must register again if your name or permanent address has changed. Voter registration requires two forms of identification, including one with a current address (new residents may use a utility bill, checkbook, etc.).
To register online:
- Visit the Illinois State Board of Elections' website at ova.elections.il.gov.
- You will be asked to provide your valid Illinois Driver's License or Illinois State ID number, last four digits of your Social Security number, date your license or identification was issued, and your birth date. Online registration will close on October 18, 2020.
To register by mail:
- Download the Illinois Voter Registration Application. You may request a Vote by Mail Ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election using the same form.
- Return the completed application by mail to: Lake County Clerk, Room 101, 18 North County St., Waukegan, IL 60085
To register in-person:
- Moraine Township provides voter registration service is available by appointment: email email@example.com or call 847-432-3240 to schedule an appointment for voter registration assistance.
- Individuals may contact the City Manager's Office at 847.926.1000 to schedule an appointment to register to vote in-person through Tuesday, October 6 for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Individuals are encouraged to use the online or by mail voter registration options.
Grace Period Registration
After in-person and mail-in voter registration closes, Grace Period Registration is available and allows you to update your record or register for the first time.
- Meet citizenship, age, and residency voter registration requirements,
- Provide two forms of valid identification (Both identification documents must have current name, and one must show current physical Lake County street address), and
- Vote at the time of your registration.
Grace Period Registration is available at:
- The Lake County Clerk’s office, 18 N. County Street, Waukegan during weekday business hours through Election Day.
- Any early voting site when open.
For more information on Voter Registration, please click here. For general questions regarding voter registration or voting, please contact the Lake County Clerk's Office at 847.377.8683.