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Every Vote Counts: Vote 2020
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A Nonpartisan Resource for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election
REGISTER TO VOTE:
- Sangamon County Voter Registration Information
- Are you registered to vote? Check the Illinois State Board of Elections Voter Registration Lookup site to make sure.
- Need to register? You have options:
- In person: Voter registration is available in-person at the Sangamon County Election Office, located at 200 S. 9th Street, Room 105 of the County Building. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
- By Mail – Mail-In Voter Registration Form – download PDF (THIS FORM IS REQUIRED TO BE MAILED OR DELIVERED IN PERSON TO THE ELECTION OFFICE. IT CAN NOT BE SENT ELECTRONICALLY)
- Same day voter registration
- Restoration of Voting Rights after a felony conviction.
- Automatic Voter Registration – Automatic Voter Registration, commonly known as “AVR,” was signed into law in Illinois in August of 2017 (Public Act 100-0464). AVR establishes electronic voter registration at participating state agencies, currently including:
- Secretary of State’s Office
- Department of Natural Resources
- Department of Employment Security
- Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
- Department of Human Services (Family and Community Services)
- Department of Human Services (Rehabilitation Services)
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.
SANGAMON 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
|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|
*Source: Commission on Presidential Debates
|September 29||Presidential debate|
|October 7||Vice Presidential debate|
|October 22||Presidential debate|
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
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."
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.
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.