Voter Registration

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

Illinois does not have a political party registration system. However, in a primary election, you must select one political party ballot to vote or request a non-partisan ballot (public questions only) if available. You have the freedom to change your party choice in each primary election.
 
As a result of growth in Lake County and implementation of the National Voter Registration Act (Motor Voter), the number of registered voters in Lake County has increased to an all time high of over 405,000 voters! We process an average of nearly 1,200 new applications each week.

Am I Registered to Vote?


Verify your Voter Registration status on our Voter Power page.

Who Can Register?


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 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.

When Can I Register?

 
If you need to update your record or register for the first time, voter registration is open all year except for the 28 days preceding an election, and it reopens the second day following an election. After voter registration closes, Grace Period Registration begins 27 days before any election, and you are required to vote at the time of your registration. .

How Can I Register?


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

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,
  • Most municipal or township offices,
  • Libraries,
  • Precinct committeemen, or 
  • Qualified civic organizations.
Find a location in our brochure, Official Places of Voter Registration

Online


Online voter registration is available at Illinois State Board of Elections’ website (ova.elections.IL.gov) while voter registration is open.

You must provide:
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License or Illinois State ID number,
  • Last four digits of Social Security number
  • Date the license or ID was issued, AND
  • Your birth date.
By mail

Completed applications must be postmarked or delivered to the County Clerk’s office 28 days prior to Election Day. If sufficient proof of identity is not provided with the application, you must vote in-person the first time and present valid identification before a ballot is issued. 

Mail-In Voter Registration Form - download PDF or form to complete online and print

Grace Period Registration


After deputy registrar and mail-in registration closes, Grace Period Registration is available and allows you to update your record or register for the first time.

You must:

  • Meet citizenship, age, and residency voter registration requirements,
  • Provide two forms of valid identification, and (link to new id page?)
  • Vote at the time of your registration.

Grace Period Registration is available at:

Does My Voter Registration Expire?

You voter registration does not expire unless you move or change your name.

Change of name


Should you change your name by marriage, divorce or other legal name change and move, you must re-register under your new name and provide the new signature on your registration record. Two forms of identification with your new name are required, one of which must have your current address.

Change of address


If you move within Lake County, you must provide written notification of your new address and sign the request:
  • Mail notification including your name, old and new address, date of birth and your signature or,
  • Complete the back of your Voter's Certificate of Registration Card including your signature
If you move to Lake County from another county or another state, complete a new registration application.

The County Clerk's office is required to verify the accuracy of the voter rolls. This is accomplished by mailing notices to all registered voters to confirm their residency at the address on file.

Sample Voter's Certificate of Registration Card


The Voter's Certificate of Registration Card is your informational source for determining where to vote and your congressional, state senate, state representative and county board districts.

You are not required to present your voter card in order to vote early or on Election Day, though it is helpful as a quick reference tool for your correct precinct number and voting districts.
Voter Card Sample