The simple task of casting your vote has far more impact and power than we think. Your vote determines not only who represents our communities, but what policies are put into place, which community issues become priorities, and where dollars are spent. Elections are our chance to have impact on the future of our communities, families, and our future.
It's always a good idea to check your voter registration status before each election. It is especially important if you recently moved or changed your legal name. This information needs to be updated before you can vote. If you need to register for the first time, or re-register, you can easily do so by visiting Indiana Voters. Just remember voter registration closes one month before each election. In 2020, you can register to vote January 1 - May 4 and June 16 - October 5.
In Lake County, Indiana all voters can vote on Election Day or participate in early voting. Eligible Lake County voters can also vote absentee by mail or absentee by travel board.
It is extremely important for voters to know who their candidates are before visiting the polls. You can view your personalized ballot, in minutes, at VOTE411.org. This national, nonpartisan website provides candidate information, including candidate profiles, written by the candidate! Locally, VOTE411.org is developed by RiseNWI, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of the Calumet Area.
In Indiana, all U.S. citizens who are 18 years old on or before Election Day, and who are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime, are eligible to vote.
If you are voting on Election Day, you must vote at your designated polling location. You can easily access your polling location information at Indiana Voters. If you choose to vote early, you can vote at any of the eleven early voting locations across Lake County.
Each elected official plays an important and unique role in making our communities function. Take a look to see what each position is responsible for.