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.


Election Day - Tuesday, November 3

  • In Illinois, your mail-in-ballot must be postmarked no later than election day, but the US Postal Service recommends mailing it earlier to ensure its timely delivery.
  • You can also drop your mail-in-ballot off at any early voting location or sign an affidavit on the ballot allowing someone else to drop it off.
  • Read more information about voting by mail from the State of Illinois.
  • Early Voting

    • Early voting begins as early as September 24 at some locations. You can vote in-person or drop off mail-in ballots at early voting locations.

    Early voting at the 95th Street Library begins Oct. 19 and ends Nov. 2. Check out the calendar for specific dates and voting hours.


    Register to Vote

    • You can register to vote online through 10/18/2020. After this date, you can register in-person at early voting locations. You will need to update or change your voter registration if you moved within Illinois, changed your name or want to change your political party affiliation. Learn about other registration options for DuPage and Will counties.

      Verify your voter registration

    Please see the Voter Rights & Accommodations section below for more information about how to vote.


  • You must register to vote before applying to vote by mail.
  • Everyone who has voted in the last two years should receive an application for a mail-in ballot in the mail, according to Illinois legislation passed in May.
  • Read more information about voting by mail from the State of Illinois.

  • You can apply for a mail-in-ballot here:


    Find Your Polling Place

    Sample Ballots

    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!”.

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

      Pros and Cons of Current Issues – Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! 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.

    Upcoming Debates

    Date Event
    September 29, 2020 First Presidential Debate
    October 7, 2020 Vice Presidential Debate
    October 15, 2020 Second Presidential Debate
    October 22, 2020 Final Presidential Debate

    Where to Watch

    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
      : Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

    • Politifact
      : A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.

    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 9/11/2020.