November 4, 2014 Voting Options
Visit Voter Power and log in using your name, house number, zip code and birth date to see your personalized November 4th 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 October 30, and voted ballots must be postmarked no later than November 3.
- Where do I vote?
Find your designated early and Election Day voting sites, along with driving directions, maps and photos.
- Early voting is October 20th to November 2nd.
- Election Day is November 4th. 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.
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 6.1% in 2013. The declines range from a drop of 3.8% in Ela Township to 15.4% in Waukegan Township. These numbers reflect a drop in property value after applying the state multiplier.
- Lake County’s state multiplier was one. The multiplier is a countywide factor issued by the IL Department of Revenue to “balance out” any over- or under-assessments. It raises or lowers everyone’s assessed value, before exemptions. A multiplier of one means that there was no correction needed.
- 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.
- In 47 districts, the district’s 2013 tax amount was lower than their 2012 amount, either due to statutory limits enforced by the County Clerk’s Office, or by the district voluntarily lowering their levy.
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