Be A Voter: 2020 Election Guide

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General Election: final election for a political office with a limited list of candidates. The candidates in the general election are the people who won their party's primary election. General elections happen at a local, state, and national level. The winner of the general election will serve in that office.


When

Election Day - Tuesday, November 3


How

Verify your voter registration status(and find your polling location).

  • Register (or transfer your registration to a new address) at your polling place when you vote.
    This applies to early voting as well as election day. Bring two forms of ID with your name and address.

Vote by Mail

Automatic Voter Registration

Commonly known as “AVR,” is a bipartisan initiative and establishes electronic voter registration at multiple Illinois state agencies, including at Secretary of State Driver’s Services facilities.


Where

Find Your Polling Place


Sample Ballots

Information about specific candidates can be found at their official websites.

Judicial Ratings:

Information about individual judges can be found at their official websites.

News Coverage of the Election

For news coverage of the candidates and the issues, visit these library databases:

  • Chicago Tribune Online
    Includes a 2020 voter guide, news, opinion, fact checking and details on how to vote in Illinois.

  • Naperville Sun
    Includes 2020 election coverage for local and state races.

  • New York Times
    Includes coverage for the Presidential race.

  • PressReader
    Provides access to hundreds of newspapers and magazines across the United States.

Inform Your Vote

  • BallotReady
    A nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience. BallotReady let’s you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”.

  • BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide
    A nonpartisan guide designed for college students. Includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.

  • ProCon.org
    Pros and Cons of Current Issues – Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! ProCon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards.

  • Project Vote Smart
    A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.

  • News For You Voting Guide
    An easy to read guide that explains the voting and election process.

  • VOTE411
    A nonpartisan site run by the League of Women Voters that provides unbiased and accurate voting information.

Party Conventions

Democratic Convention

August 17-20

Republican Convention

August 24-27

Where to Watch

C-SPAN.org

Voter Rights & Accommodations

Fact Checking

  • Annenberg Political Fact Check
    Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.

  • Center for Public Integrity
    A well documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.

  • NewsGuard
    Pros and Cons of Current Issues – Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! ProCon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards.

  • Politifact
    A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.

Campaign Finance Disclosures


This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Naperville Public Library. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement. Last updated 7/27/2020.