Voting Options

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By mail, early, or on Election Day – choose the voting option that fits your busy lifestyle and schedule. You can only vote once in any election. If you have questions about your ballot, ask before mailing it back to the Clerk's office or placing it in the voting site’s ballot bin. 

  • Voting By Mail
  • Early Voting
  • Election Day

  • Voting By Mail


    Available only to registered voters, including active U.S. military and citizens residing overseas.

     

    Required Ballot Application Form

    • You must submit a ballot application request form for each election.
    • Your form must be completed and received at the Clerk’s office before a ballot can be sent to you.
    • Beginning 90 days before the election, the form is available online at LakeVoterPower.info  or by contacting our Voting by Mail Department (847.377.2406 or votingbymail@lakecountyil.gov).
    Vote by Mail

     

    • For the fastest service, you can log onto LakeVoterPower.info  and select "Request a Ballot by Mail," where you can choose to complete a one-time electronic form or print a paper version.
      • To complete an electronic form, select “Electronic Request,” and follow the prompts through to “Submit Request.” Your signature is not required, but you must complete an attestation and supply an email address which by state law is made available to political parties and campaigns.
      • If you wish to print a form and mail a copy to the Clerk’s office, select “Paper Form.”  Print, complete, sign, and mail your request to the Clerk’s office. This will avoid your email being made available by the state.

    Deadlines


    • Clerk’s office must receive your completed ballot application form (electronic or paper) by noon on the Thursday before Election Day.
    • Your voted ballot must be mailed with a postmark no later than midnight on Election Day or hand-delivered to the Clerk’s office by 7 PM on Election Day.

    Ballot


    • Your ballot can be mailed to a temporary, alternate address.
    • Your official ballot will be printed and mailed through the U.S. Postal Service starting 40 days before an election. This deadline is extended if candidate certification is not completed.

    Program Enrollment and Advantages


    Enrolling is a program makes it even easier for you to cast a ballot by mail. Instead of notifying our office in each election that you want to vote by mail, you can have your ballot application form automatically sent to your home or an alternate address. Enrollment is simple and remains in effect until you cancel, or your voter registration becomes inactive.

    Permanent Program
    Registered voters who live at the same address year round can have their ballot application forms and ballots mailed to their home addresses for every election or just those specified on the enrollment form. Enrollment form.

    Snowbird Program
    This a great option if you seasonally travel away from your voter registration address and then return home. You can have your ballot application form and ballot mailed to your temporary address. Choose to enroll for all the elections or just the ones you select. Enrollment form

    Student Program
    If your education takes you away from home, you can have a ballot application form and ballot mailed to your school address. Enrollment is valid for two years, and each summer our office confirms your school address for the coming year. Enrollment form

    Military Voters and U.S. Citizens Residing Outside the Country

    The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) provides the voting opportunity to:
    • All active U.S. military,
    • Merchant Marines,
    • Other uniformed services,
    • Eligible family members, and
    • U.S. citizens overseas.*

    Under this program, Illinois law waives voter registration requirements, but the Clerk’s office must receive your FPCA ballot request no later than 10 days before an election. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides non-partisan information and assistance in the voting process.

    To vote by mail:
    Your ballot may be sent to you no sooner than 45 days before the election.
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    *“Citizens of the United States temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States” means civilian citizens of the United States, spouses, and dependents of voting age when residing with or accompanying them who maintain a precinct residence in a county in this state and whose intent to return may be ascertained.

    “Non-Resident Civilian Citizens” means civilian citizens of the United States
    (a) who reside outside the territorial limits of the United States,
    (b) who had maintained a precinct residence in a county in this state immediately prior to their departure from the United States,
    (c) who do not maintain a residence and are not registered to vote in any other State, and
    (d) whose intent to return to this State may be uncertain.

    Questions


    • Track the Clerk’s receipt of your application and voted ballot at LakeVoterPower.info.
    • If you did not receive your requested ballot by mail or the Clerk's office did not receive your mailed, voted ballot, you will be able to vote early or on Election Day after signing the proper attestation form.
    • You can contact the Voting by Mail Department at 847.377.2406 or votingbymail@lakecountyil.gov.

    Early Voting


    • Available to any Lake County resident.
    • Starts 15 days prior to and ends the Monday before Election Day.
    • You can use any early voting site regardless of where you live.
    • Hours and dates vary at the different locations. Some sites offer extended weekend and evening hours.
    • No ID is required for voters correctly registered with current name and address.
    • Your identity is verified by matching your application signature with your original signature on your voter registration record.
    • Every site is ADA compliant and handicap accessible.
    • Grace Registration is available for unregistered voters at any early voting site.
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    Election Day


    • Polls are open from 6 AM to 7 PM.
    • Registered voters can find assigned location.
    • No ID is required for voters correctly registered with current name and address.
    • Your identity is verified by matching your application signature with your original signature on your voter registration record.
    • Every site is ADA compliant and handicap accessible.
    • Grace Registration is available for unregistered voters only at assigned voting site.

    Voting Site Hours