Voting & Registration

Hey Recent District 113 Grads and HS Seniors: IT’S YOUR TIME TO VOTE!

MarchElectionJ14cHEY! Recent #HPHS and #DHS grads—are you planning to VOTE?

HEY! Members of the #Classof2017 who have already turned 18—are you prepared to VOTE for the first time?

As recent or soon to be graduates, you should care as much as anyone about the future of your Alma Mater!  The upcoming #District113 School Board election is important, and EVERY VOTE COUNTS!   Make your voice heard! 

If you are or will be home between now and Sat., April 1st, then you can go to the HP Police Department (Mon-Sat) where you can register AND vote at the same time.  Easy right?

Even if you are away at school, you can still vote by mail (but only if you are registered).  If you are registered, you can request a ballot by mail by completing the form following this LINK:  http://www.lakecountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/982

Or you can request a ballot by email by following the link below, entering your name and house number (street address without the street name), and then clicking on the box titled “Request a Ballot by Mail.”   https://www.lakecountyil.gov/351/Voter-Power

But don’t delay…Your request for a ballot must be received by NOON on March 30th and your completed ballot must be mailed (post marked) no later than April 4th.

OK, maybe voting by mail is not so easy, but it’s a breeze compared to Honors Physics or AP US History, right?  Bottom line, there’s no excuse not to #VOTE.

Every vote counts (Trust me…I know).

Vote-Counts1In local elections (particularly mid-term local elections), EVERY vote truly counts. That is not just a cliché.  In the last District 113 School Board election, the winning margin was a mere eleven votes.

This means that EVERY vote truly matters. The people that you elect in local elections will be entrusted to make important decisions that will directly impact your schools, parks, local government…and your property taxes.  This is your chance to be heard and to directly frame meaningful changes that you want to see in your community.  Do not sit on the sidelines–VOTE!

And if you feel strongly about a candidate or an issue, then take it upon yourself to encourage others—your spouse, your neighbors, your friends, your parents, your co-workers and even your kids (18 yrs.+)– to also vote.  Everyone should VOTE!

Voting could not be easier.

Early voting begins on March 20, 2017–exactly one week from today—and it will continue for two weeks, until April 1st. All early voting is at the Highland Park Police Station (1677 Old Deerfield Rd.) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday.

If you prefer the old fashioned way, Election Day is April 4, 2017 at your traditional polling place.

Snowbirds and kids at college can vote by mail (but you need to request a ballot soon). https://spathisd113.com/2017/02/22/hey-snowbirds-and-recent-grads-you-can-vote/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true. There simply is no excuse not to VOTE!

Regardless of who you support–although I certainly hope that you would chose to cast a vote for me—PLEASE VOTE.

Hey Snowbirds and Recent Grads–YOU CAN VOTE!

20150455247d5c97d6dAs early as 90 days before an election, any registered voters in Illinois can submit a request to have a ballot mailed to them, which they can, in turn, complete and return by mail. Requests can be made electronically (without a voter signature), or by signing a printed request form and mailing it to the election official.   Requests must be received by NOON on March 30, 2017.

Visit https://www.lakecountyil.gov/351/Voter-Power, then enter your name, street address and birth day, and you can make a request by email or download a form with your information already entered that you must simply sign and return to the Clerk.  Ballots start going out approximately 40 days before the election.  It could not be easier.

 

For more info, go to https://www.lakecountyil.gov/348/Voting-By-Mail

 

 

Register to Vote!

201504552463d716b41Historically, mid-term elections are marked by low turnout.  Literally, therefore, EVERY VOTE COUNTS.  Are you registered to vote?

You can check or verify your Voter Registration status on the County Clerk’s Voter Power page.  https://www.lakecountyil.gov/351/Voter-Power

If you are not registered, then get registered–it couldn’t be easier.

First, you can register in person at the Lake County Clerk’s office, 18 N. County St, Room 101, Waukegan, Illinois.  847-377-2410.  Registration is open all year throughout the County except the process changes during the 27 days preceding an election (for next election, that date is March 8th).  A voter who registers within the 27 day period must vote at the time of registration. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Second, you can register in person at your local municipal or township office and other local agencies.  Here’s a list of all the local offices  in Lake County at which you can register.  https://www.lakecountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1040

You can even register by mail, but if you do, you MUST vote in person the first time you vote, either at the polling place or early voting location (no voting by mail).  To register by mail, follow this link https://www.lakecountyil.gov/364/Registration-Form

Finally, even after all of the referenced deadlines, there is still a Grace Period Voter Registration.  You can register in person (starting March 20th) at your Early Voting Site, or even register in person on election day at your polling place.

The bottom line, there is no excuse for not registering and voting.