ELECTION DAY FAQs

Here is all you need to know on Election Day 2020 if you still haven’t voted. If this doesn’t answer all your questions, call the Democratic Voter Assistance Hotline, 847-432-VOTE (8683).

1. When and where can I vote on Election Day?

On November 3, you can vote at your assigned polling place from 6 AM to 7 PM. To find your assigned polling place, Lake County voters can go to LakeVoterPower.info and Cook County voters can go to tenthdems.org/YourCookVoterInfo.

On Election Day, any Lake County voter also can vote at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake, or in the Lake County Main Courthouse Lobby, 18 N. County St., Waukegan.

2. What if I’m not registered to vote or not sure I’m registered to vote in Illinois?

Go to the polls anyway. If you’re not registered, you can register and vote right there. Be sure to bring two pieces of identification with you, one of which shows your current address.

3. If I have mail-in ballot, when and where can I return it?

You can place your mail-in ballot in a secure drop box, but no later than 7 PM on November 3.

Or you can place it in the U.S. Mail on November 3, but you must make sure it will be picked up and postmarked on November 3. A ballot postmarked by November 3 can be received at the Clerk’s office as late as November 17, but there must be clear evidence that it was mailed on or before November 3.

If you’re not sure which envelope to use or where to sign when you’re completing a mail-in ballot, call us at 847-432-VOTE (8683) and we’ll walk you through the process.

4. Where can I find a secure drop box on Election Day?

In Lake County, four outdoor drop boxes will be available until 7 PM on November 3. There also will be drop boxes inside the universal polling places – the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake and the Lake County Main Courthouse Lobby in Waukegan.

For the addresses of the limited drop boxes in Lake County on Election Day, go to tenthdems.org/SecureDropBoxesInLake.

In Cook county, go to tenthdems.org/SecureDropBoxesInCook for the addresses of the limited drop box locations on Election Day.

NOTE: There will NOT be a drop box at your assigned polling place on Election Day.

5. What if I got a mail-in ballot but decide I’d rather vote in person?

If you bring your mail-in ballot and the certification envelope that came with it (or any parts you can find) to your polling place and turn them in to an Election Judge, the Election Judge will give you a regular ballot to vote in person.

6. What if I requested a mail-in ballot and never got it?

If you requested a mail-in ballot and didn’t get it, you can still vote in person on Election Day. When you check in at the polling place and explain that you did not receive your mail-in ballot, the Election Judge will give you a written statement to sign saying you didn’t receive a mail-in ballot. At that point, everything will proceed the way it always does when you vote in person and you’ll get a regular ballot.

7. What information would help me answer the YES/NO questions on my ballot?
  • The very first item on your ballot calls for a YES or NO vote on the constitutional amendment that would authorize the “Fair Tax.” Those in favor of a YES vote on the Proposed Amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution include AARP, League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, Personal PAC (a leading pro-choice group), and Governor JB Pritzker.
  • The last item on the back of your Lake County ballot asks whether to abolish the office of Recorder of Deeds, and we recommend a YES vote. The Democratic Lake County Clerk and the Democratic Lake County Recorder of Deeds both favor merging these two offices so that taxpayers benefit from efficiencies.
8. What information would help me decide how to vote for judges?
  • On your Lake County ballot, the four judges up for retention all originally ran as Republicans, and they consistently vote in Republican primaries. By voting NO on retention, you are voting to make sure they don’t automatically keep their seats.
  • For resources to learn about the many judges on your Cook County ballot, go to voteforjudges.org.

More questions? Call the Democratic Voter Assistance Hotline at 847-432-VOTE (8683).

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