You must be registered to vote 15 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote.*
Permissible Uses of Personal Information
Information on your voter registration affidavit will be used by Elections Officials to send you official information on the voting process, such as the location of Vote Centers and the issues and candidates that will appear on the ballot. Commercial use of voter registration information is prohibited by law—it is a misdemeanor. Voter information may be provided to a candidate for office, a ballot measure committee or other persons for election, scholarly, journalistic, political or governmental purposes as determined by the Secretary of State. Your driver license number, Social Security number and signature as shown on your voter registration card cannot be released for these purposes. If you have any questions about the use of voter information or wish to report suspected misuse of such information, please call the Secretary of State’s Voter Protection and Assistance Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE.
Certain voters facing life-threatening situations may qualify for confidential voter status. For more information, please contact the Secretary of State’s Safe at Home program or visit the Secretary of State’s website.
Sample Ballot & Info Packet
If you are registered to vote, you will be mailed a sample ballot and voter information pamphlet approximately three weeks prior to an election. If you do not receive a sample ballot and voter information pamphlet at least a week prior to an election, call the Registrar of Voters Office. It is important that your voter registration reflect both your current residence address and mailing address if different than your residence. Because Sample Ballots reflect the candidates and issues for the area in which you reside, they are not forwardable.
The Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet materials include:
- The date of the election
- A copy of the ballot you will receive at the polls
- Information concerning candidates and measures
- The location of your Polling Place for the election
- Whether or not your Polling Place is accessible to the disabled
- An application for a Vote By Mail Voter Ballot
Save time on election day by marking your Sample Ballot in advance. Take it with you to the polling place to use as a guide when you vote your Official Ballot. If you need assistance marking your Official Ballot, you may have up to two people of your choice assist you; however, you may not be assisted by your employer, union representative, nor an agent of your employer or union representative.
Where To Vote
You may vote at the polling place shown on your Sample Ballot between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on election day. Polling Place locations change from one election to another. Always check your Sample Ballot for the location of your polling place and to avoid lines at the polls try to vote during "non-rush hours" mid-morning or mid-afternoon.
If you are not able to vote at your polling place on election day, you may apply for a Vote By Mail Voter's ballot. Please see that sub category for details.
If you have moved within Lake County since you last registered to vote you should call the Registrar of Voters Office to determine whether you are eligible to vote. If so, you will be allowed to vote either at the Registrar of Voter's Office or at the polling place for your new address. If you moved within 14 days of the election, it is legal to vote at your former polling place; however, this is the only instance you may return to a former polling place to vote.