Visit Voter Power and log in using your name, house number, zip code and birth date to see your personalized March 18th Primary Election information.
- What’s on my ballot?
You may review candidate names, read the referenda, and print your sample ballot.
- Request a Ballot by Mail
A ballot application is required for each election. You may choose the E-request option where no signature is required, but Illinois law mandates your email address be shared with political organizations. To protect your privacy, you may choose the paper option, print out the form, and mail the completed form to the County Clerk’s office. Ballot request forms are also available by emailing VotingByMail@lakecountyil.gov or calling 847.377.2406. The last day to request a ballot is March 13, and voted ballots must be postmarked no later than March 17.
- Where do I vote?
Find your designated early and Election Day voting sites, along with driving directions, maps and photos.
- Early voting is March 3 to 15. Weekdays 9 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 9 am to 2 pm.
- Election Day is March 18. Polls open 6 am to 7 pm.
The Voter Power landing page will also provide you with tracking information about your voted ballot, candidates, elected officials, and voting by mail programs.
For additional information about voting and other services provided by the Lake County Clerk’s office, follow us at twitter.com/ClerkWillard, join our page at facebook.com/CountyClerk, or call 847.377.2400.
17 Year Olds (with a Birthday by November 4) Can Vote in March Primary
As many were busy ringing in the New Year, 17 year olds in Illinois who will turn 18 on or before the November 4, 2014 election had something else to celebrate. Students at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire and faculty member Andy Conneen spearheaded “Suffrage at Seventeen” legislation which passed the General Assembly and was signed by Governor Quinn.
Any qualified 17 year old residents who will be 18 on or before the November 4th election may register and vote in the March 18 primary. In addition to being 18 years old on or before the general election, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the precinct for 30 days immediately prior to Election Day. All applicants must provide two forms of valid identification with one form of identification showing the current address for registration.
In pushing for the change in the law, the Stevenson students offered that limiting registration and voting to 18 year olds in a gubernatorial or presidential primary served to unfairly limit their choices and voices in the General Election. The early registration privilege does not apply to odd year elections when there are no general primaries.
Election Information – Anywhere – Anytime
The Clerk’s QR code makes it easy and simple for Lake County residents to find personalized election information by linking smart devices to the Voter Power web page. After entering name, house number, zip code, and birthday on the landing page, each registered voter is shown their current districts and elected officials. Web visitors will also find addresses, photos, maps, and driving directions of their early and Election Day voting sites. Data transmission is via a secure page and is not stored or collected.
Facts About Your Real Estate Tax Bill
Here are some interesting stats about the process:
- Property values in Lake County dropped a total of 6.88% in 2011. The declines range from a drop of 3.3% in Libertyville Township to 13.8% in Waukegan Township. These numbers reflect a drop in property value after applying the state multiplier.
- Lake County’s state multiplier was +2.81%. The multiplier is a countywide factor issued by the IL Department of Revenue to “balance out” any over- or under-assessments, meaning everyone’s assessed value, before exemptions, was increased by 2.81%.
- The state multiplier affects every parcel in Lake County (except for farm land), yielding almost no effect on the tax bills, as taxes are only affected by changes in value relative to surrounding properties. The only properties affected are those in districts overlapping into another county with a different multiplier.
- There is a common misconception that if property values drop, taxes will drop. Property value is only half of the equation. The other half is tax levies set by districts.
- The statutory “tax cap” rate is designed to float inversely to property values. As values go down, rates go up, to ensure district tax revenues remain stable (regardless of property value changes) unless a district lowers its levy below their limit.
- No district was forced by statutory limits to receive less money than last year, but 40 districts abated their levy sufficiently to fall below their 2010 tax amount.
For more information on property taxes, watch the May A Word With Willard
and these two videos, How is Your Tax Rate Calculated?
and Declining Property Values