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Get ready to vote in the General Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

1) Register to vote

Make sure you are registered to vote in the upcoming general election. If not, register to vote. Online voter registration only takes a couple minutes.

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is October 18. If you miss the deadline, grace period registration is available at polling places.

2) Have a voting plan

Vote by mail – Any registered suburban Cook County voter with a driver’s license, state ID or social security number on file can request a mail-in ballot. The last day to request a mail ballot is October 29. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (November 3) in order to be counted.

A secured drop box will be available at all early voting sites for Vote by Mail voters to return their ballots from October 19 – November 3.

Vote early – Find an early voting location near you. In Mount Prospect, early voting will be available October 19 – November 2:

Mount Prospect Village Hall
50 S. Emerson Street.
Mount Prospect, Illinois 60056

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vote on election day – Find your polling place.

3) Be an informed voter

Obtain a sample ballot, and learn about the candidates.

BallotReady.org is a collection of information from campaign websites, social media and the news about candidates across the ballot.

Voteforjudges.org compiles information on judicial nominees, including evaluations from 13 local bar associations.

4) Go the extra mile

Watch a presidential debate.

Debate schedule:

September 29 – First Presidential Debate
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

October 7 – Vice Presidential Debate
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

October 15 – Second Presidential Debate
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Miami, Florida

October 22 – Third Presidential Debate
Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee

More information on the presidential election process –https://www.usa.gov/election

Campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) – https://www.fec.gov/

More information about political contributions in Illinois – https://illinoissunshine.org/

Fact checking of statements made by politicians to determine accuracy – https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/

Fact-based analysis of claims made by political ads and politicians – https://www.factcheck.org/