• Participating in Elections

    There are many ways young people can participate in elections, no matter their age or citizenship status.


    Voter Information

    If you will be 18 years old and a U.S. citizen by the time of the general election in November, Illinois law allows you to vote in the primary election as well as in the general election.

    Make sure you register to vote!

    • The League of Women Voters will be at DHS on Feb. 13 & 14 (2024) & again at the Jam for Justice on May 2nd, but if you miss these opportunities,  the Lake County Clerk's Office has information on how you can register at the polling place (early voting sites and Election Day sites).  Go to https://ova.elections.il.gov/.

    • If you are not certain whether you are already registered to vote, you can confirm that by clicking this link: https://www.lakecountyil.gov/351/Voter-Power-for-Registered-Voters


    Voting options in Lake County:


    How can I become an informed voter?

    • Why Vote? See the PSA linked below which uses sarcasm to explain why young people should exercise the right to vote.



    Serve as Student Election Judge on Election Day

    • You do not have to be an eligible voter to be a student election judge!  If you are 16 and a US citizen, you can apply.

    • Check out the requirements and application here: https://www.lakecountyil.gov/328/Student-Election-Judges

    • Student election judges earn money, and this activity can help you fulfill the civic engagement requirement for Civics class.


    Work on a political campaign

    No matter whether you know what your political leanings are, you can serve on a political campaign as a volunteer or a paid intern or staff member.  Look up individual candidates using the Lake County Elections page, or you can select an issue you feel strongly about and find an organization that works on that issue, contact that organization and ask how you can help promote your position on that issue.

    Learn more about voting below:

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