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Phone Bank to Georgia, Flip the Senate

Take a break from leftovers and shopping this Thanksgiving weekend. Make some calls to Georgia voters to help elect Democratic candidates to flip the Senate from red to blue! Sign up now.

The Tenth Dems/Lake Dems phone bank to Georgia will take place on Saturdays from 3-5 PM, starting this Saturday, November 28. Wednesday nights will be the other regular time for the Georgia phone bank until January 5th. And let us know if you’re interested in writing postcards, too.

Click here to sign up to make phone calls to Georgia. There will be a short Zoom meeting to walk people through the process, so don’t worry if you’re not quite a pro at phone banking yet.

Votes are official — Wow, Democrats did great!

The votes have been officially counted — what a great job by Democrats in the 10th District! President-elect Joe Biden won over 60% of the vote. So did Congressman Brad Schneider. In Lake County, grassroots work supporting candidates up and down the ballot helped Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and Congressman Sean Casten, members of Congress from adjacent districts who also represent parts of Lake County, win reelection. And there were even more victories.

In the state legislature, Democrats won in both the Senate (Senator Melinda Bush) and the House, including State Representatives Joyce Mason, Sam Yingling, Rita Mayfield, Dan Didech, Bob Morgan, Jonathan Carroll, Robyn Gabel, and Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz.

Not only did Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court Erin Cartwright Weinstein win comfortably in her first race since knocking off a Republican incumbent, but she was joined by two more Democrats who flipped offices from red to blue in tough, competitive campaigns. There is a new Lake County Coroner, Jennifer Banek! And there’s a new Lake County State’s Attorney, Eric Rinehart!

And those two new countywide officeholders weren’t the only ones who defeated Republicans who were running for reelection. Democrats flipped three seats on the Lake County Board! Gina Roberts, Carissa Casbon, and Paras Parekh all won, and are new Lake County Board Members. Great work! They continued the trend that saw Democrats win control of the Lake County Board for the first time in history in 2018, when it became led by Chair Sandy Hart, who also just won her own race. Democratic Lake County Board Member Marah Altenberg, on the ballot for the first time, easily defeated her Republican opponent too.

Marnie Slavin won her judicial contest. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx also was victorious. And Rhoda Pierce, a first-time candidate for North Shore Water Reclamation District, captured 66% of the vote in her winning effort.

There were so many Democratic candidates who won. It’d be amazing if we didn’t know how much hard work went into it, from the candidates, their campaigns, and from our Tenth Dems members and friends. It truly was a team effort and the voters made it clear who now reflects their values. Ultimately, that’s why we came out on top.

Congratulations to everyone who helped make 2020 such a great year for Democrats in the 10th District. We have a lot of work to do at every level supporting the Democrats who have been elected, and, yes, electing even more. Let’s keep going!

Democratic Merchandise!

Whether you live in a Democratic neighborhood, have Republican family members you argue with over the holidays, or just like collecting political items, check out our merchandise page and get your Biden‑Harris or other Democratic swag. Each Biden-Harris bumper sticker and button is $1 apiece ($2 for other Democratic buttons), although we hope you’ll consider an additional contribution to help our grassroots team keep going! Click here to get your Biden‑Harris merch!

Checking in

While 2020 has been a different kind of year in many ways and this year’s election is remarkably important, things are carrying on in pretty typical fashion: The calendar says Election Day was Tuesday but we know votes have been cast well before the polls opened that day and they’re going to be counted and then officially certified after the polls closed.

Some contests seem pretty clear. Joe Biden looks like he’s won Illinois. So, too, has Senator Dick Durbin. Our 10th District Congressman Brad Schneider will be re-elected.

Several races in our area and across the country, just like in years past, are too early to call. That is not unusual, even if our eagerness to know the final vote totals has grown in 2020.

There is so much at stake and people have worked incredibly hard up to this point. Thank you to the volunteers, supporters, and candidates for putting themselves out there.

Stay calm. Remain confident. Don’t feed into the chaos Donald Trump has long desired and his false narrative about having won already. Like so many other things that come out of his mouth, he just doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

And let’s count the votes.

–Tenth Dems

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).