Election Toolkit 2020

The United Methodist Church affirms the right to vote for all adult citizens as a basic human right. This toolkit, compiled by the Gary United Methodist Committee on Church and Society, provides resources to support your exercising of this right, in particular for the upcoming elections, by or on November 3.

Register to vote: In order to vote in the November 3 elections, all citizens must register to vote by 11:50pm CST on October 18. 

Mail-in voting: Mail-in ballots may be requested for early voting

  • To request a mail-in ballot, visit: https://elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx
  • All requests for mail-in ballots must be received by the election authority by October 29.
  • Completed mail-in ballots in DuPage County can be delivered to
    • a USPS mailbox; 
    • the County Clerk Election Division office; 
    • a drop box located in the south parking lot or main entrance of the Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building, 421 County Farm Road, Wheaton; 
    • a drop box located in any one of the nearly 300 Early or Election Day polling places in DuPage County.

Early voting: Early voting ends on November 2.
Since September 24, you can vote in person at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton. Additional permanent early voting locations:


From Monday, October 19, you can vote in person via touchscreens at additional locations:

Hours for all early voting locations:

  • Weekdays:  8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

What to bring to the polling location:

  • A valid ID.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't provide your driver's license number, state ID number, last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or a copy of a current ID or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you'll need to provide one of these when you vote. You can use (i) a copy of a current and valid photo identification, (ii) a copy of a lease or contract for residence, student ID & mail addressed to your residence, or (iii) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
  • Note to voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. After voting provisionally, you will be told how to submit additional proof of registration to the election authority. The additional information must be received by the election authority no later than the close of business on the Tuesday following the election.

Voting in person on November 3:

  • If you are in line before the polls close, you are able to vote. (So stay in line.)
  • If you make a mistake on your paper ballot, you are able to spoil that ballot and ask for (and receive) a new one, 
  • You have the right to cast a provisional ballot at least, so do not leave the polling location without casting a provisional ballot.
  • An election judge will issue you a provisional ballot at your polling place if:

Your name does not appear on the official list of eligible voters in that precinct

Your voting status has been challenged and a majority of the judges uphold the challenge

You did not provide ID when registering by mail and still don't provide ID on Election Day

A court order extends the time for closing the polls and you vote during this extended time period

Your name appears on the list of voters who voted during early voting

You admit to receiving a vote by mail ballot but did not return the un-voted ballot to the election authority

You tried to register on Election Day but failed to provide the necessary documentation

By law, you must vote in your assigned precinct for all votes on your provisional ballot to count.

  • You have the right to select just about anyone, except your employer or union representative, to assist you at the polls. 
  • If you experience any of the following, call a poll watching hotline, such as the NAACP election protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.  

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español) 

1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance) 

1-844-YALLA-US (Arabic)

  • Polling location either not open on time or closed early
  • Polling location moved, with no notice
  • Voter prevented from voting–especially when in the correct precinct, having the correct ID
  • Not allowed assistance or given assistance when required
  • Intimidation or misinformation by polling officials

 

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