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Election Night Party with Tenth Dems, Lake Dems, and Brad Schneider!

When: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, at 7:00pm

Where: Online Zoom party. RSVP required. Zoom sign-in information will be sent to you by email shortly before the program starts.

What:  Virtual Election Night Party with Tenth Dems, Brad Schneider, Lake Dems, and more! Admission is free. Open to Democrats.

Election Night Party. Sign Up Now!

Election Day is next Tuesday (although Early Voting is underway). We haven’t been waiting for this time, we’ve been working toward it. Let’s finish strong, elect Democrats up and down the ballot, and then celebrate (virtually) this year! Click here to RSVP for the Election Night Watch Party! Free. Open to Democrats.

Join us on Zoom at 7 PM on Tuesday, November 3rd, as we watch results, hear from some candidates, and — if we keep working hard — have a good time with Congressman Brad Schneider, Lake Dems, and more.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you have a plan to vote and then vote. Problems or questions with voting? You can call the Democratic Voter Assistance Hotline at 847-432-VOTE (8683).Then let’s have fun! Sign up now here:

Hope to see you on Election Night!

Tenth Dems’ 2020 Annual Awards Dinner Draws Virtual Crowd Of Over One Hundred, Called To Action By Keynote Speaker Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), And More

Deerfield, IL — Illinois’ Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) held its 2020 Annual Awards Dinner (virtually) on Saturday, October 17th. Keynote Speaker US Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) was introduced to the crowd of over 100 people by friend and colleague, US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). Durbin and Merkley kicked off an exciting night that recognized some of the group’s top leaders for their contributions to Tenth Dems and inspired supporters to continue working hard to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.
In a fun twist, Merkley, the Keynote Speaker, engaged the crowd by turning into questioner, asking attendees to tell him what they thought should be the top priority for Democrats once they win in November. Almost instantly, dozens of responses poured into the chat box. Controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing climate change, and restoring the country’s relationships with allies were just a few of some of the issues raised. Merkley occasionally referred to the importance of re-electing Senator Durbin, who joined his colleague in the upbeat, thoughtful conversation with the Tenth Dems crowd.
With so many Democratic elected officials and candidates scattered amongst the now-familiar Zoom gallery, supporting and electing Democrats was not far from people’s minds. Congressman Brad Schneider and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood energized the audience, which consisted of so many Tenth Dems members who have volunteered for them over multiple campaign cycles.     
Reflecting the growing amount of success by the Democratic Party in the 10th District, numerous officeholders and 2020 candidates participated in the event. They included: Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Lake County State’s Attorney candidate Eric Rinehart, Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court Erin Cartwright Weinstein, Lake County Coroner candidate Jennifer Banek, Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim, State Senator Julie Morrison, State Senator Adriane Johnson, State Representative Daniel Didech, State Representative Rita Mayfield, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, Lake County Board candidate Paras Parekh, Lake County Board candidate Carissa Casbon, Cook County Board Commissioner Scott Britton, Judge Patricia Fallon, North Shore Water Reclamation Trustee Rhoda Pierce, and more.    
Tenth Dems also honored Bobbie Hinden with the Founders Award and Vicki Thompson with the Rosenblit Volunteer of the Year Award. Both were presented their awards, via Zoom, by last year’s recipients, Jeanine Chyna and Tom Recht, respectively. Hart, the 2019 Mikva Leadership Award recipient, accepted on behalf of this year’s honoree, State Representative Mary Edly-Allen.

To end the night’s proceedings, the group remembered the late Daniel Pierce, a former state representative, 10th District State Central Committeeman, Highland Park Mayor, and President of the North Shore Water Reclamation District. Tenth Dems Founding Chair and Lake County Democratic Party Chair Lauren Beth Gash recounted her time with Pierce, including how Pierce drove her to her very first Lake County Democrats meeting many years ago. Gash pointed out that Dan Pierce often addressed Tenth Dems crowds in a signature slot, the very end, traditionally wrapping up the group’s events. Fittingly, this was when Gash paid tribute to Pierce.

Tenth Dems is an all-volunteer grassroots organization that works to support and elect Democrats at all levels of government within and around Illinois’ 10th Congressional District.

2020 Democratic Merchandise

Get your Biden-Harris bumper stickers and buttons, as well as our other buttons! Other buttons include:
Girls Just Wanna Have FUNdamental Rights • Seeing Red? Vote Blue • Nevertheless She Persisted Ballots Not Bullets • Nasty Woman • Resist! • Progressive

A minimum contribution of $5 per button and bumper sticker is requested, though more is welcome and directly helps our all-volunteer grassroots group support Democratic candidates. Democratic organizations and allied groups: Contact us at if you’re interested in large orders and we may be able to arrange a bulk rate. Click here to order.

Merchandise can be picked up from different locations throughout Lake and northern Cook County. In some instances, shipping and handling, as well as payment via check, may be arranged. Contact us at

FAQs to Help Make Sure Your Vote Counts!

(Updated. Previously posted October 17, 2020)

Your vote has never been more important! That’s why we want you to understand all of your options for making sure your vote counts. Questions? You can call the Democratic Voter Assistance Hotline, 847-432-VOTE (8683). But first please click on any of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to find out more about voting this year.

1. How can I vote?

You can vote from home with a mail-in ballot or you can vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day.

2. When and where can I vote?

If you’ve chosen to vote from home, you can return your mail-in ballot right now. Through November 1, you can vote in person at any Early Voting polling place in your county. You also can vote in person on Election Day, November 3, at your assigned polling place.

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

To find out whether you’re registered to vote in Illinois, go to Or call the Democratic Voter Assistance Hotline, 847-432-VOTE (8683), and a volunteer will check for you. Through Election Day, you can register at your County Clerk’s office during business hours, or at any other place you can vote, but you’ll have to vote at the same time you register. You’ll need two pieces of identification, one of which must show your current address.

4. How do I record my votes on my mail-in ballot?

Your mail-in ballot will look just like the ballot you get when you vote in person, and you record your votes the same way:

  • Fill in the oval next to the candidate of your choice on the ballot using a regular pen with black or dark blue ink. No sharpies, please, as they may “bleed” through.
  • In Lake County, the Democratic candidates will be listed second, below the Republicans. In Cook County, Democrats are listed first.
5. 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.
6. 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
7. Once I’ve recorded my votes, what do I do with my mail-in ballot?

When you receive your mail-in ballot, you will find enclosed envelope(s)—one if you live in Cook County and two if you live in Lake County. One of the two Lake County envelopes will be preprinted with the address of the County Clerk. That’s the mailing envelope. The other will be preprinted with your name and address a signature line preceded by an x. That’s the certification envelope. In Cook County, a single envelope is printed with all these elements: the County Clerk’s mailing address, your name and address, and the signature line for certification. When you’ve finished voting:

  • Refold the ballot, place it in the certification envelope, and seal it.
  • Sign your name on the line next to the x on the certification envelope. Your signature is how the election officials know that you are you, just like when you go to the polls.
  • If you live in Lake County, insert the sealed certification envelope that has your ballot inside into the mailing envelope and seal the mailing envelope.
8. How do I return my mail-in ballot to my County Clerk, and what’s the deadline?

You can return your ballot to your County Clerk’s office one of three ways—you can hand-deliver it during normal business hours, mail it (Cook County’s envelope is postage-free; Lake’s takes a first class stamp), or place it in a secure drop box. It is not necessary to use Lake County’s mailing envelope if you’re putting your ballot in a drop box, but make sure the ballot is sealed inside the certification envelope.

No matter how you return your ballot, the deadline for the County Clerk to receive it is 7:00 pm on Election Day, November 3—with one exception: Any mailed ballot postmarked by November 3 will be accepted until November 17. We encourage you to return your ballot as soon as possible.

9. How do I find a secure drop box?

You can put your mail-in ballot in any drop box in the county where you’re registered to vote. During voting hours, all Early Voting locations in Cook and Lake Counties have drop boxes available inside the polling site, and you will not have to wait in line to deposit your mail-in ballot into the drop box. Both counties also offer some secure drop boxes that are outdoors and accessible 24/7. You can find the exact locations and hours of all of the postage-free secure drop boxes in your county here:

Lake County:
Cook County:

10. How will I know my mail-in ballot was received and will be counted?

You can track your mail-in ballot online. If you live in Lake County, go to, and after filling in the form, click “Track My Mail Ballot.” If you live in Cook County, go to, click the button, “What Is My Mail Ballot Status?” and fill in the form. When your ballot is received, the County Clerk has two days to notify you if there’s a problem with the ballot and to give you the opportunity to correct the problem.

11. When will my mail-in ballot be counted?

Most mail-in ballots will be counted on Election Night along with early votes and votes cast in person on Election Day. To be sure your mail-in vote is counted on Election Night, you should either put it in a drop box, hand-deliver it by November 2, or mail it a week or more before that.

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

Requesting a mail-in ballot won’t obligate you to vote from home. It just gives you the option. If you’d rather go to the polls, just bring your mail-in ballot and the certification envelope that came with it (or any parts you can find) to your polling place, turn them in to an Election Judge, and request a regular ballot to vote then and there.

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

If you requested a mail-in ballot and have not received it, you can vote in person. 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.

14. Is it too late to request a mail-in ballot?

You can submit the application to request a mail-in ballot up until 5:00 pm on October 29. But in order to be counted, your voted ballot must be returned by 7:00 pm on Election Day, November 3, or postmarked no later than November 3. If you haven’t already requested a mail-in ballot, we strongly recommend that you plan to vote in person. And if you decide to request a mail-in ballot less than 10 days before Election Day (after October 24), we strongly recommend that you plan when and where you will vote in person if the mail-in ballot doesn’t arrive in time.

15. Where can I vote in person?

From October 19 through November 1, you can vote at any Early Voting location in your county, and there will be limited Early Voting on Monday, November 2. Locations and hours for Lake County are at Locations and hours for Cook County are at On Election Day, November 3, you can vote at your assigned polling place from 6:00 am until 7:00 pm. To find your assigned polling place, Lake County voters can go to and Cook County voters can go to, and fill in the form.

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