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Petition Packets

Candidates who wish to file for the 2016 General Primary Election will find required forms in the 2016 Candidate's Guide available on the Illinois State Board of Elections website. The 2016 election cycle circulation and filing dates and campaign finance filing deadlines are also on the site (2016 Election & Campaign Finance Calendar).

Lake County Offices to be Nominated

  • Circuit Clerk
  • Coroner
  • Recorder
  • State's Attorney
  • County Board Member, Districts 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 11 - 16, 18, 20 & 21
  • North Shore Water Reclamation District, Wards 1, 2 & 4
    Established Party Petition Packet (PDF)

Offices to be Elected

Circulation Dates

  • March Primary Election
    September 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015
  • November General Election
    New Political Party & Independent Candidates
    March 29, 2016 through June 27, 2016

Filing Period

  • March Primary Election
    November 23, 2015 through November 30, 2015
    Note: The County Clerk's Office will be closed
    Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th
  • November General Election
    New Political Party & Independent Candidates
    June 20, 2016 through June 27, 2016

Review of Petition Papers

The Lake County Clerk and staff cannot provide a review of nominating papers or legal opinions regarding petition papers. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to consult competent legal counsel regarding qualifications to seek office, preparation of petition papers, circulator requirements, signature requirements, etc. After petition papers have been filed, pages cannot be amended or added. A receipt for filing the required Statement of Economic Interests may be added until 5 p.m. on the last day to file.

Legal Objections to Nominating Papers

A candidate’s nominating papers are subject to legal challenge by qualified objectors when forms are incomplete or improperly completed. Appointments for reviewing the voter registration of petition signers should be made with the Lake County Clerk's Office.

Contact Us

Carla N. Wyckoff
Lake County Clerk

Elections Department
18 N. County Street
Room 101
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
(847) 377-2314
(847) 984-5824 Fax​​​​​

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