Early and mail-in voting are shattering records across the country, including in Illinois.
By noon Nov. 2, Kane County surpassed its 2016 vote total, with nearly 174,000 early votes cast, according to Clerk John Cunningham. This year, more than 95,000 people cast early votes (up from 72,537 in 2016) and more than 77,000 returned mail-in ballots (up from 9,424 in 2016).
Voting in person: Safety Precautions Amid COVID-19
Where to vote: Find your polling place here (you can also find this and a sample ballot on your county clerk’s website).If you’ve voted in Illinois before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote.You may need an ID if:
- You registered to vote by mail and did not provide ID
- An election judge challenges your right to vote.
- If you are also registering to vote or changing your registration address on the day that you vote
- If you are already in line to vote when the polls close, you still have the right to cast your ballot
- Staying safe: Aside from wearing a mask and staying 6 feet away from other voters, you can also minimize risk by voting early to avoid long lines to vote.
Who’s On My Ballot?
Depending on where you live in Kane County, not every ballot will be the same. You can view your sample ballot by entering your address and information on the county clerk’s website.
In addition to voting in presidential, congressional, senatorial and some state and local races, Illinois voters are being asked to vote on the Graduated Income Tax Amendment.
- A “yes” vote supports repealing the state’s constitutional requirement that the state personal income tax be a flat rate and instead allow the state to enact legislation for a graduated income tax
- A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thus continuing to require that the state personal income tax be a flat rate and prohibit a graduated income tax.
Presidential race: While the ballot contains candidates from the Green Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, American Solidarity Party and Libertarian Party, the major party candidates are Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence versus Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris.