Registered Voters Admitted to a Hospital 14 Days Before Election May Vote

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Robin M. O'Connor Lake County Clerk

February 13, 2019
Contact:  Robin M. O'Connor

Registered Voters Admitted to a Hospital 14 Days Before Election May Vote

WAUKEGAN, Illinois – Lake County Clerk Robin M. O’Connor issued a reminder today that, even if Lake County residents are hospitalized at election time, they will still be able to vote. Registered voters who are admitted to a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center within 14 days before the February 26th Consolidated Primary Election may qualify for personal delivery of a ballot by a family member or friend, subject to statutory conditions. 

The voter must complete a request form titled Application for Ballot for Qualified Voter Admitted to a Hospital, Nursing Home or Rehabilitation Center. The voter's physician is required to complete the accompanying Affidavit of Attending Physician

All required forms must be completed and returned to the Lake County Clerk's office prior to the voter’s Certificate of Application and ballot being issued. 

As an alternative, all registered voters may request a ballot by mail until noon on Thursday, February 21. The ballot can be mailed to any address. Voted ballots must be returned to the Clerk’s office with a postmark no later than Election Day.

All forms are available by contacting the County Clerk’s Election Department at or 847.377.2314. Web visitors may also download the Hospitalized Voter Form or a voting by mail application by visiting and clicking “February 2019 Primary” icon.

The consolidated primary election is not a county-wide election and is only for City of Waukegan qualified residents in wards 2, 3, 7, and 8. There are no Republican candidates or questions of public policy certified for the February ballot.

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