Election 2020 Voter Guide

Election day is November 3. Make sure you’re registered and ready to vote! Check out our voter guide to make sure you have everything you need to make your voice heard. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to vote early or by mail, and if you vote in person, make sure to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Questions? The League of Women Voters is here for you! 

Register to Vote

The first, and most important step, in being a voter is making sure your registration is active and up-to-date. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions, the state of Illinois is encouraging every resident to vote by mail.

Voting Information for Wilmette Residents

Early voting begins October 7 at Cook County courthouses, and October 19 at other locations in Cook County. Early voting in Wilmette will be at Centennial Ice Rink beginning October 19. There will also be a ballot drop box for mail-in ballots at this location. 

You can find a map of all suburban Cook County early voting locations here and ballot drop boxes here. 

Explore the Candidates & Issues

The League of Women Voters has an easy tool to see what will be on your ballot. Simply enter your address, and you’ll be able to explore different candidates and issues, from national elections all the way to local referenda.

LWV Illinois Voter Guide 

Important Illinois Election Dates

Election day is Nov. 3.

Registration Deadlines

  • Online: Oct. 18
  • By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 6
  • In person: Nov. 3

Absentee Ballot Deadlines

  • Request: Oct. 29
  • Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3

Early Voting

Sep. 24 - Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live

Additional Information

You can also register and vote on Election Day. After the regular voter registration deadline of Oct. 6 you can register and vote in person during a grace period, which begins the day after the deadline and runs through Election day. During this grace period, you can register and vote at your local election office, a permanent polling place, at early voting sites, at some polling places on election day, and at any other location specifically designated for grace-period voting by your election authority.


Explore endorsements of major candidates for president and Congress.


2020 General Election Candidates

View all candidates and check your exact ballot: https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/view-all-candidates

President & Vice-President

United States Senator, Illinois

U.S. Representative, 9th Congressional District

State Representative, 17th Representative District

State Representative, 18th Representative District

Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, MWRD

(6 Year Term, Vote For 3)

State's Attorney, Cook County


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