An Election Day Message for March 17, 2020

Dear Voters:

We want to reach out to you as we face challenges with the COVID-19 within our community. We remain diligent in providing a safe and secure election on March 17, 2020. We understand the need for site location changes and realize the inconvenience it may offer. Changes are made on the behalf of the well-being and safety of our citizens who are at a higher risk.

We recommend you bring your own black or blue ink pen to sign your ballot application and mark your ballot.  Pens are currently provided; however, bringing your own pen will limit your physical contact at the voting site. Washing your hands before you arrive at your voting site and using your own hand sanitizer is important too. As a precaution, election workers are routinely cleaning frequently touched materials and voting equipment.

Thank you also for being socially responsible. Leave some extra personal space when standing in line with your fellow voters, and if you need to cough or sneeze, use a tissue.

Taking these precautions will help to create a safer environment. Finally, please be patient, as we have many sites with a decrease in election judges. This will not compromise the important voting process, but it may add more time to your visit.

On behalf of the Lake County Clerk’s team, which includes not only the dedicated office staff, but thirteen-hundred citizens who are working in the 2020 General Primary Election voting sites on your behalf. We thank you for exercising

your vote….your voice

.

Kind regards,  

Lake County Clerk Robin M. O'Connor
 

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is the election still on?
    Yes. The Illinois State Board of Elections confirmed the March 17, 2020 General Primary Election will be held as scheduled. (Press release)
      
  • Has my voting site been moved?
    In compliance with the Center for Disease Control and the Governor's orders, select Election Day voting sites needed to be relocated. We understand and realize the inconvenience it may offer. Please realize that these required changes were made on the behalf of the well-being and safety of everyone in the voting site. Details

  • What is the Lake County Clerk doing to reduce the risk of virus exposure in the voting site?
    Sanitizing wipes have been supplied to all Election Day voting sites. Election workers have been instructed to conduct a routine cleaning of frequently touched marking materials and voting equipment to help reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Can I bring my own pen?
    Yes, bring your own black or blue ink pen to the voting site. Signing your ballot application and marking your ballot with your own pen will limit your physical contact at the voting site to practically just your paper ballot. And, it may provide you an extra sense of comfort.  

  • What can I do?
    • Please be patient at the voting site. Many election judges have cancelled this last week, and we are doing our best to schedule replacements. Some voting sites may have fewer election workers but will still have adequate staff to process the voters. This will not compromise the integrity of the voting process, but it may add more time to your visit.

    • Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
      Washing your hands before you arrive at your voting site and using your own hand sanitizer is a good process throughout the voting process.

    • Observe social distancing. We know that some rooms and entries to the voting sites are small and confined, and so we thank you in advance for being socially responsible by allowing extra personal space when standing in line with your fellow voters.

    • Cover your cough. Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough and sneeze, then dispose of the tissue. It is recommended if you do not have a tissue, use the inside of your elbow.