Voting in Lake County, Illinois

Next Election

Vote by Mail November 2020


Registering to Vote

Registered voters in Lake County can verify their registration, find their polling place, view sample ballots, and more through the Lake County Clerk website.


While voter registration is open, you can register in-person, online, or by mail. 

Once voter registration closes, you may still register and vote all at once at any Early Voting polling place, or on the day of the election at your assigned polling place.

In Person

You can register in person at:

  • The County Clerk’s office, 18 N. County Street, Waukegan during weekday business hours,
  • The Illinois Department of Motor Vehicle facility when there for other services
  • Many other townships, municipal offices, and at the library. (please note: when registering at the library, we will walk you through either the online or mail options.)


If you have a valid Illinois Driver's License or State ID number and a Social Security Number,

you may vote online at while voter registration is open.

You must also provide the date your license was issued and your birth date.


By Mail

Information about voting by mail and the forms to use can be found on the Lake County Clerk's website.


Voting and Election Information

"Find Your Representative" feature (enter your zip code where prompted) 

Illinois State Board of Elections Districts and Officials Search to find your elected officials. 

For additional assistance, contact the Lake County Clerk's Website or call their office at 847-377-2400

Federal Voting Assistance Program provides information on voting for U.S. citizens living outside of the United States, including uniformed service members.


Additional Free Resources for an Informed Electorate

The following resources are credible, free and nonpartisan. 

Ballotpedia - This "Encyclopedia of American Politics" covers local, state and federal politics. Their content includes neutral, accurate, and verifiable information on government officials and the offices they hold, political issues and public policy, elections, candidates, and the influencers of politics. 

C-SPAN Video Library - The Video Library offers more than 223,000 hours of video and is updated on a daily basis. Part of C-SPAN's mission is to provide "live gavel-to-gavel proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and to other forums where public policy is discussed, debated and decided––all without editing, commentary or analysis and with a balanced presentation of points of view."

Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) - The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is a nonpartisan corporation that sponsors and organizes debates for U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates. Users can access brief histories of debates dating back to 1858 along with transcripts of select events.

OpenSecrets - OpenSecrets is a product of the nonpartisan research group Center for Responsive Politics. It allows users to search for and find campaign contributors as well as campaign finance data, reports, articles and more. Background information on lobbying, interest groups, and political action committees (PACs) is easy to locate.

Political TV Ad Archive - The archive allows for browsing and viewing TV advertisements by specific candidates. 

RealClearPolitics - A daily roundup of poll results and news coverage from multiple sources.

U.S. Election Assistance Commission - Provides election calendars, voter registration forms, and access to surveys and studies about U.S. elections along with the National Voter Registration Act. 

Vote Smart - Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on local and national candidates and elected officials to all Americans.