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A Nonpartisan Resource for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election


General Election: A final election for a political office with a limited list of candidates. The candidates in the general election are the people who won their party’s primary election. General elections happen at a local, state, and national level.


Voting & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for their Considerations for Election Polling Locations and Voters.

Register to Vote


You must register at least 28 days prior to an election in order to vote in that election. You can register online, by mail, or in person. Following the close of registration, Illinois allows for "Grace Period" Registration and voting beginning the 27th day prior until the day before an election. Online registration is available through the 15th day prior to Election Day. The registration period for the online voter registration system will close at 11:59 p.m. on 10/18/2020 and will reopen on 11/05/2020.

 

To Vote in Illinois:

  • You must be a United State Citizen.

  • You must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General or Consolidated Election.

  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.

  • You must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction.

  • You may not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Voter Registration Lookup

Online Voter Registration

Voter Registration Information

DuPage County Voter Registration

Kane County Voter Registration

Kendall County Voter Registration

Will County Voter Registration

Automatic Voter Registration

Restoration of Voting Rights

Same Day & Grace Period Voter Registration

DuPage County Grace Period Registration

Kane County Grace Period Registration

Kendall County Grace Period Registration

Will County Same Day Voter Registration

Voting


Early Voting

Early voting begins September 24, 2020.

DuPage County Early Voting

Kane County Early Voting

Kendall County Early Voting

Will County Early Voting

Vote by Mail

All Illinois voters can vote by mail in November's election.

DuPage County Vote by Mail

Kane County Vote by Mail

Kendall County Vote by Mail

Will County Vote by Mail

Find Your Polling Place

Important Dates

August 5

First day for any registered voter to apply by mail or in person for an official vote by mail ballot

September 24

First day for election authority to mail an official ballot to voters who have requested one
First day for early voting at the office of the election authority & temporary locations

October 6

Close of in person voter registration

October 7

Grace period registration and grace period voting begins

October 18

Last day to register to vote online

October 29

Requests for a mail-in ballot must be received by your local election authority by this date

November 2

Last day for early voting

November 3

General Election Day
Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by this date
Last day for grace period registration and voting

Debates

Presidential

September 29, 2020 at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

October 15, 2020 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

October 22, 2020 at Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee

Vice Presidential

October 7, 2020 at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

*Check the Commission on Presidential Debates for updates.

Candidates


Listed in alphabetical order. Click on the candidate title for a complete list.

U.S. President

In alphabetical order

Democratic Party
Joe Biden

Green Party
Howie Hawkins

Libertarian Party
Jo Jorgensen

Republican Party
Donald J. Trump

Congress

In alphabetical order

U.S. Senator - Democratic Party
Richard J. Durbin

U.S. Senator - Republican Party
Mark C. Curran Jr.

IL 11th District - Democratic Party
Bill Foster

IL 11th District - Republican Party
Rick Laib

IL 14th District - Democratic Party
Lauren Underwood

IL 14th District - Republican Party
Jim Oberweis

State
In alphabetical order
House District 50 - Democratic Party
No Candidate

House District 50 - Republican Party
Keith Wheeler

House District 83 - Democratic Party
Barbara Hernandez

House District 83 - Republican Party
Donald Walter
No website available.
House District 84 - Democratic Party
Stephanie Kifowit

House District 84 - Republican Party
No Candidate

DuPage County

In alphabetical order

County Auditor - Democratic Party
William (Bill) White

County Auditor - Republican Party
Bob Grogan

County Circuit Court Clerk - Democratic Party
Candice Adams

County Circuit Court Clerk - Republican Party
Chris Kachiroubas

County Coroner - Democratic Party
Gregory H. Whalen

County Coroner - Republican Party
Richard Jorgensen

County Recorder - Democratic Party
Kathleen V. Carrier

County Recorder - Republican Party
Babette Holder Youngberg

County State's Attorney - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County State's Attorney - Republican Party
Robert Berlin

Kane County

In alphabetical order

County Auditor - Democratic Party
Penny Wegman

County Auditor - Republican Party
Terry Hunt

County Board Chairman - Democratic Party
Corinne M. Pierog

County Board Chairman - Republican Party
Chris Lauzen

County Circuit Court Clerk - Democratic Party
Theresa Barreiro

County Circuit Court Clerk - Republican Party
Thomas M. Hartwell

County Coroner - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County Coroner - Republican Party
L. Robert Russell

County Recorder - Democratic Party
Brenda Rodgers
No website available.
County Recorder - Republican Party
Sandy Wegman

County State's Attorney - Democratic Party
Jamie Mosser

County State's Attorney - Republican Party
Robert Spence

Kendall County

In alphabetical order

County Auditor - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County Auditor - Republican PartyParty
No Candidate

County Circuit Court Clerk - Democratic Party
Ryan Kauffman

County Circuit Court Clerk - Republican Party
Matthew G. Prochaska

County Coroner - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County Coroner - Republican Party
Jacquie Purcell

County Recorder - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County Recorder - Republican Party
No Candidate

County State's Attorney - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County State's Attorney - Republican Party
Eric C. Weis

Will County

In alphabetical order

County Auditor - Democratic Party
Kevin Blackburn
No website available.
County Auditor - Republican PartyParty
No Candidate

County Circuit Court Clerk - Democratic Party
Andrea Lynn Chasteen

County Circuit Court Clerk - Republican Party
No Candidate

County Coroner - Democratic Party
Laurie Summers

County Coroner - Republican Party
James J. Piacentini
No website available.
County Recorder - Democratic Party
Karen A. Stukel

County Recorder - Republican Party
Gretchen Fritz

County State's Attorney - Democratic Party
James W. Glasgow

County State's Attorney - Republican Party
No Candidate

Find Your Legislator and District Information

Goverment Sites

DuPage County Clerk

The official website of the DuPage County Clerk.

Kane County Clerk

The official website of the Kane County Clerk.

Kendall County Clerk

The official website of the Kendall County Clerk.

Will County Clerk

The official website of the Will County Clerk.

Illinois State Board of Elections

A quick and easy way to find candidate filings, general election information, and to verify if you are registered to vote in Illinois.

Federal Voting Assistance Program

Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.

Presidential Election Process

Learn about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions.

The Federal Government has developed a glossary of common terms used during election seasons. Perfect for new voters.

Campaign Finance

Federal Election Commission

Official United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations.

Illinois Sunshine

A tool for browsing political contributions in the state of Illinois.

News Coverage of Election

Chicago Sun-Times

Political coverage of Chicago and Illinois elections, plus the 2020 presidential election.

Chicago Tribune

Includes a 2020 election voter guide, news, opinion, fact checking, and details on how to vote in Illinois.

Daily Herald

2020 election coverage, including endorsements for local and statewide races.

National Public Radio (NPR)

National news coverage of the 2020 General Election.

PBS News Hour
National news coverage of the 2020 General Election.

WTTW News
Political coverage of the Chicago area and Illinois as well as national election news.

Fact Checking

Annenberg Political Fact Check

Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.

Center for Public Integrity

A well documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.

Newsguard

Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

Politifact

A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.

General Resources

BallotReady

A nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot, including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience. BallotReady let’s you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”

BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide

A nonpartisan guide designed for college students. It includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.

ProCon.org

Pros and cons of current issues. Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! ProCon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards. 

Project Vote Smart

A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.

TurboVote

A tool that makes voting easy by sending text or email messages verifying voter registration status, reminders about important election deadlines, and polling place location. Developed by the nonpartisan group Democracy Works.

VOTE411

VOTE411 is committed to ensuring voters have the information they need to successfully participate in every election. Whether it's local, state or federal, every election is important to ensuring our laws and policies reflect the values and beliefs of our communities. Brought to you by The League of Women Voters Education Fund.    

This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Aurora Public Library. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.