VOTE IN THE MARCH 17 ILLINOIS PRIMARY

Voting is more important than ever this year. We need to get a Democrat into the White House, and that starts with the 2020 primaries. Voting early is a great way to make sure you get to vote in case something comes up on Election Day, whether it’s bad weather, a flat tire, or a sick child. Here’s some information about voting. Vote early or vote on Election Day – just vote!

Below is some helpful information for voters in Cook and Lake Counties.

• EARLY VOTING •

Lake County Residents: Since February 6, 2020, Lake County residents can vote at the Lake County Clerk’s Office, 18 N. County Street, Waukegan. Beginning Monday, March 2, 2020, you may vote at any early voting site within your county of residence.

For a complete list of Lake County Early Voting Sites and their hours of operation, click here. All are open at least from 9 AM to 5 PM on weekdays and from 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturdays, through Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Lake County also has four sites with longer hours, Sunday hours, and early voting on March 14 and 15. These are listed on the clerk’s website as Early Voting Sites with Extended Hours. To see them, click here.

Cook County Residents: For a complete list of Cook County Early Voting Sites and their hours of operation, click here. Days and hours vary, but most sites are open 9 AM through 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 10 AM through 4 PM on Sundays. Early voting in Cook County is available through March 16, 2020, the day before Election Day.

• VOTING ON ELECTION DAY (March 17, 2020) •

On Election Day, you must vote at your assigned polling place.

You may register to vote (with two forms of I.D.) and vote on Election Day at the site assigned to your residential address. You may find that assigned polling place by going to the website of your County Clerk’s office.

If you live in Lake County, click here and enter the requested information to find your polling place and your sample ballot. Requested information includes name, house number, zip code, and date of birth.

If you live in Cook County, click here and enter the requested information to find your polling place and your sample ballot. Requested information includes full name and address.

Unless you are registering to vote at the same time, you do not need to show any I.D. when you vote in person.

• VOTE BY MAIL •

Illinois residents can request a vote by mail ballot through March 12. The completed ballot must be mailed back by Primary Election Day, March 17.

Lake County residents can apply online for a mail-in ballot by clicking here. After you enter your name, house number, zip code, and date of birth, you’ll get to a page with additional links. The first button says: “Request a Ballot by Mail, March Election.”

Cook County residents can apply online for a mail-in ballot by clicking here.

In both counties, the application may be submitted electronically or it can be downloaded and printed and submitted by mail. Either way, an application for a mail-in ballot must be received in the clerk’s office no later than March 12, 2020.

If you receive a mail-in ballot and then choose to vote in person rather than complete the mail-in ballot, you must bring the unmailed ballot to the polling place and turn it in.

If you requested a mail-in ballot and never received it, you can still vote in person. At the polling place, an Election Judge should ask you to fill in and sign a form to verify that you did not receive the mail-in ballot.

Important Note If You’re Not Registered Yet

After February 18th, voter registration for the primary can be accomplished either at your county clerk’s office during office hours, at an open early voting site in your county, or online (the online option is only through March 1st). If you wait until election day, however, you can still register but only at your assigned polling site. If you register in person after February 18th (except online), you must cast your Primary vote then and there.

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