The 2018 General Primary Election

Election Day:
Tuesday, March 20 2018
Polls are open 6am to 7pm

Early Voting:
Friday, March 5 through Friday, March 19 2018

Voting FAQs
Registration Voter registration allows qualified voters to participate in the electoral process and exercise one of their most basic rights.

Who Can Register to Vote?
To register to vote you must:
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 18 years of age on or before the next election (17 year old residents may register and vote in even-year primaries if 18th birthday occurs before date of general election)
  • Live in your election precinct at least 30 days immediately prior to an election
  • Not be convicted and in jail.
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else
Two forms of identification are required to register through a deputy registrar:
  • At least one of the two forms must show your name and current address,
  • Only one form of identification may be a piece of mail for a contractual service addressed and delivered to you.
Where and When Can I Register to Vote?
You may register to vote:
  • At the Lake County Clerk's office
    18 N. County St, Room 101
    Waukegan, Illinois
  • Through a Deputy Registrar duly appointed by the County Clerk
  • At your local municipal or township office and other local agencies
  • Online, using the Illinois Online Voter Application on the Illinois State Board of Elections website. (A valid Illinois drivers license or state ID is required.)
Under federal law, citizens may apply to register to vote by mailing in an application.
Illinois Voter Registration Application Mail-In form

Grace Period Registration
After registration closes 27 days before each election, grace period registration is available at the Lake County Clerk's office, 18 N County St. Waukegan. A voter who registers or changes address during this grace period must vote at the time of registration. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Beginning 15 days before Election Day, grace registration is available at any Early Voting Site. Grace registration is also available on Election Day at the Polling Place for your current address.

Same Day Registration
You can now register to vote at your Polling Place on Election Day. Two forms of identification will be required. One form must show your current name and address. Only one may be a piece of mail postmarked within the past 30 days.

For more info visit this web address:
Register to Vote Online
Register by Mail
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Vote by Mail
Early Voting Any registered voter in Lake County may choose to vote early 22 days before the traditional Election Day.  Early voters are required to present to voting officials a valid Illinois driver's license, an Illinois identification card issued by the Secretary of State, or any other valid government-issued identification document containing their photograph and name. Early voting ends the Thursday before Election Day.  Each voter has a convenient local site available for early voting. Each household with registered voters receives a postcard prior to the election listing early voting and Election Day sites for the addressee.

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Voting by Mail Illinois law now permits any registered voter to receive a ballot by mail. One-time requests for a ballot can be made via the web, by email at VotingByMail@lakecountyil.gov or by calling (847)377-2406.

For voters who prefer not leaving the comfort of home, the Lake County Clerk’s office offers a permanent voting by mail program.  As required by state law, voting by mail requests cannot be processed until 40 days prior to each Election Day. Ballots cannot be mailed any later than the Thursday before an election. Military personnel and voters outside the country may apply for a ballot earlier.

Snowbird Program
Voters who travel seasonally can enroll in the Snowbird Program and specify elections and an alternate address to which a ballot should be mailed.  Those enrolled will automatically receive a ballot by mail as specified. 

Student Program
Our Temporarily Absent Student Program is available to students away at school. A student must be a registered voter in order to enroll in the program.

Military Voters and U.S. Citizens Residing Outside the Country
Members of the Uniformed Services and their family members may request a ballot; Illinois law waives voter registration requirements. To apply for a ballot by mail, the local election official must receive your FPCA ballot request no later than 10 days before the election.

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Election Day Voting All voting sites are open from 6am to 7pm and are handicap accessible. Your voting site is determined by your precinct number and is listed on your red, white and blue Certificate of Voter's Registration Card. Also included on your card are the districts and units of government for which you are entitled to vote.

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The Lake County Clerk website has complete information on voting:

We encourage every citizen to exercise their right to vote.


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