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Election WorkersElection Workers for 2016
Dependable. Friendly. Accurate. Honest.
If these words describe you, come join our elite election crew. The Clerk’s office is recruiting election workers now for the 2016 presidential elections on March 15 and November 8.

Be a part of our history-making election team as you process people throughout Lake County’s voting sites. Pay is based on election training, skills, and assignment. Free training classes will begin this fall. English-Spanish bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

You will thank yourself and so will your community.

For more information, call 847.377.2408 or visit our Election Workers page. Fill out our online form to apply.

Voter PowerVoter Power - Your personal election information
Visit Voter Power and log in using your name, house number, zip code and birth date to see your personalized 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 or calling 847.377.2406. The last day to request a ballot is the Thursday before the election, and voted ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election.
  • Where do I vote?
    Find your designated early and Election Day voting sites, along with driving directions, maps and photos.
    • Early voting starts 15 days before Election Day.
    • On Election Day, polls are 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, join our page at, or call 847.377.2400.

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 these videos, How is Your Tax Rate Calculated? and Declining Property Values.
Contact Us

Carla N. Wyckoff
Lake County Clerk

18 N. County Street
Room 101
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
(847) 377-2400
(847) 984-5822 Fax


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