Informed Voter

COVID-19 is posing challenges to how we go about our daily lives, including how we vote this year. The good news is that there are several options to vote safely and securely whether in person or by mail.

Lincolnwood residents note: Lincolnwood Public Library is a polling place on November 3 for the 2020 election. Please double check your polling place location, as it could be as close as the library!

General Information 

Cook County Portal 

Illinois State Board of Elections 

Lincolnwood Clerk’s Office 

Virus Free Voting, a project of Indivisible Illinois

Vote411, a project of the League of Women Voters

How to Vote in the 2020 Election, a project of FiveThirtyEight

Key Dates:
September 24, 2020: Mail in ballots mailed to Cook County voters
October 6, 2020: Voter Registration closes for in-person registration
October 18, 2020: Last day to register to vote by online application
October 19, 2020: Early Voting Begins
October 29, 2020: Last Day to request a mail mallot
November 2, 2020: Last day of early voting
November 3, 2020: Election Day. Last day mail ballots can be postmarked

Registering to Vote

Cook County Clerk has a webpage for information about registering to vote here. You can also check out this guide & FAQ from the League of Women Voters Evanston.

Early Voting

See a list of early voting locations and hours. Any registered voter in suburban Cook County may vote early at any other designated early voting location.

Absentee/Voting by Mail

Any registered suburban Cook County voter may request a mail ballot using this online application. The deadline to apply is five days before an election. Apply as early as possible to make sure you receive your ballot in time to vote. Your ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received at the Cook County Clerk’s office within 14 days after Election Day.

Voters who applied for their mail ballot online will receive an email at the time their mail ballot is sent to them, as well as an email notifying them when the completed ballot has been received back from the voter.

Voters are urged to complete and mail their ballot back as early as possible once they receive it. Secure dropboxes will be located at over 50 early voting sites spread throughout Cook County where voters can drop off their completed mail ballots from 8:30 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM to 5 PM on weekends.

Polling Places

Voters are notified of their polling place address in a mailing prior to the election. This page is your portal to maps of polling places and precincts for each of suburban Cook County’s thirty townships.

Poll Workers/Election Judges 

There is a national shortage of poll workers. You can find out more information here if you are interested in working as a poll worker. If you are interested in serving as an election judge (which can  include high school/college students), you can learn more here.

View Candidates

Check the Cook County Clerk’s Office for a list of candidates in the upcoming election.

Candidate & Election Information

BallotReady aggregates content from candidates’ websites, social media, press, endorsers and board of elections for comprehensive, nonpartisan information about the candidates and referendums on your ballot.

Ballotpedia is a nonpartisan information source that allows voters to see what will be on their ballots.

iSideWith.com is an independent, self-funded, non-partisan voter education website.

The Chicago Bar Association and Illinois Bar Association both publish guides ranking judicial candidates by Highly Qualified, Qualified and Not Qualified. They post guides on the websites shortly before elections. Tip: Check out other Bar Associations for additional candidate evaluations.

The Federal Elections Commission includes campaign filing information for candidates as well as a searchable database for voters. You can find Information pertaining to how people can participate in campaigns.

Fair Tax Referendum Information 

Scholastic Magazine: Election 2020 informs young people about important issues facing our society to be active participants in our democracy.

Fact Checking Tools

Politifact is a non-partisan, fact-checking organization with core principles including transparency, independence, and fairness.

Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and focuses on national politics.

The Better Government Association is a full-service watchdog organization, shining a light on government in Illinois.

Voting Rights

Voting Rights in Illinois from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois.

Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications.

Want to learn more about voting and participatory democracy? Check out our all-ages display in the library or put any of the books on hold here.

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