Make a Plan to Vote!
Before we go to the polls for that all-important November 8th Election, there is a Primary Election on June 28th. That’s when we decide which Democrats will be on the November ballot. There are a number of races with several Democrats competing for a slot, including Illinois Secretary of State and some judgeships, and your vote in the Primary Election gives you a say in which Democrat gets to run in November.
To help you make a plan to vote, here’s some useful information, including key dates.
VOTING BY MAIL
Voting by mail is a good way to make sure you get to vote without having to worry that your work or travel schedule, a new COVID variant, or a sick child could keep you from the polls. You can return mail-in ballots using U.S. Mail or a drop box in your county.
To request a ballot, go to the Lake County Voter Power website, lakedems.org/LakeClerkVoterPower, and complete the form. Once you fill in your name, house number, zip code, and date of birth, you’ll get to the screen that has election information tailored to you. Clicking the first green button allows you to request your mail-in ballot for the June Primary Election.
Ballots can be returned to drop boxes that will be located at all early voting sites during early voting hours. Early voting sites and hours can be found here.
You can track your mail-in ballot by registering for updates of where your ballot is in the Vote by Mail process. Click here to register.
VOTING IN PERSON
You can vote early at designated locations in Lake County or on Election Day at your assigned neighborhood polling place. To find dates, times, and locations for early voting in Lake County, go to lakedems.org/EarlyVoitingInfo. It’s smart to have identification with you when you go to vote, just in case you have to update your registration on the spot, but you should never be asked to show your identification to vote. In Illinois, your signature, which matches the signature in your voter registration record, serves as your voter identification.
Here are some important dates [this should link to the calendar on the website] to bear in mind as you make your voting plan for the June 28th Primary Elections.
Still have questions about voting? Call the Democratic Voter Information Hotline at 847-432-VOTE (8683).
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE JUNE 28TH PRIMARY ELECTIONS
- County Clerk can send mail-in ballots to voters who have requested them
- Early Voting available at County Clerk’s Office
- Early Voting begins at designated polling places countywide
- Last day to request a mail-in ballot online
- Last day County Clerk can accept mailed-in requests for mail-in ballots
- Last day of Early Voting
- Last day for County Clerk to issue a mail-In ballot to a voter requesting one in person
June 28th – Primary Election Day
- Last day to vote in person
- Last day to mail a completed mail-in ballot
- Last day to put a completed mail-in ballot in a drop box