Red, white, and blue logo with a check mark inside of the center of the "o" of the word "vote"A Nonpartisan Resource for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election

REGISTER TO VOTE:

mail-in voting icon VOTE BY MAIL:

Vote by Mail applications can be completed online or by mail. Visit the Sangamon County Clerk's Office website or call (217) 753-8683 for details. 

Mail Box Icons - Download Free Vector Icons | Noun ProjectSANGAMON COUNTY MAIL-IN BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATIONS:

Voters in Sangamon County will have the option to submit their mail-in ballots for the November election in two drop boxes as well as through the USPS. Ballots can be dropped off 24 hours a day, and the drop boxes locations are:

  • Sangamon County Complex: 200 S. Ninth (Ninth and Monroe), Springfield
  • Sangamon County Juvenile Center: 2201 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield

 IMPORTANT DATES:

September 24      Election Board begins sending out Vote by Mail ballots, early voting begins (Early Voting Schedule)
October 7 Grace period registration and grace period voting begins (Only in-person at the Sangamon County Election Office or on Election Day at voter's polling place)
October 18 Last day to register to vote online through the State Board of Elections website
November 2 Last day for early voting
November 3 General Election, mail-in ballots must be postmarked by this date

 DEBATE SCHEDULE:

*Source: Commission on Presidential Debates

September 29     Presidential debate
October 7 Vice Presidential debate
October 22 Presidential debate

GOVERNMENT WEBSITES:

Office of Sangamon County Clerk – The official website of the Sangamon County Clerk - Provides answers to questions like “Who can register to vote?” and “Where do I vote?”

Illinois 2020 General Election Calendar – List of important election dates provided by the Illinois State Board of Elections

Sangamon County Voter Information – Answers to frequently asked questions from the Sangamon County Clerk's Office 

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

CAMPAIGN FINANCE DISCLOSURES: 

Federal Election Commission – Official United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations

Illinois Sunshine – A resource for browsing political contributions in the state of Illinois

FACT CHECKING

Annenberg Political Fact Check – A "nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics." This resource's mission is 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.” 

Center for Public Integrity – "The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom investigating democracy, power and privilege. Our reporting focuses on the influence of money and the impact of inequality on our society." This well documented investigative journalism organization has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize.

Newsguard - Newsguard is a 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.” The Library uses this on its computer lab computers. Please note that there is a charge for a Newsguard membership.

Politifact – A fact-checking website that seeks to "present the true facts, unaffected by agenda or biases."

INFORMING YOUR VOTE:

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 lets you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”

BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide – A nonpartisan guide designed for college students. Includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.

Britannica's ProCon - A resource whose mission is "to promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting the pro and con arguments to controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, freely accessible way." The site researches and provides information on all sides of controversial issues and has information specific to the 2020 Presidential Election including candidate issue statements.

Project Vote Smart – A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office. Project Vote Smart's mission is to "provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials."

VOTE411 - A nonpartisan site run by the League of Women Voters. The site provides unbiased and accurate voting information including what's on your ballot.

POLITICAL PARTIES:

DEMOCRATIC PARTY – National | Illinois | Sangamon County

GREEN PARTY – National | Illinois | Sangamon County

LIBERTARIAN PARTY – National | Illinois | Sangamon County

REPUBLICAN PARTY – National | Illinois | Sangamon County

 VOTER RIGHTS:

ACLU Voting Rights Guide - Learn how to prepare for various scenarios at the polls, including needing a translator or aide and how to respond to potential voting rights violations. For help at the polls,  you can call the nonpartisan Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Department of Justice Voting Rights - The site outlines laws that protect voters and provides the ability to report violations.

This page has been adapted from the Cook Memorial Public Library District and Naperville Public Library 2020 Election Guides. All links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and in no way constitute an endorsement.