Be A Voter – 2020 Election Guide

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Be A Voter

A Nonpartisan Resource for the November 3, 2020 General  Election

Important Dates | Candidates | Government Sites | Campaign Finance | News Election Coverage | Debates | Fact Checking | General Resources | Political Parties


General Election: A 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.


REGISTER TO VOTE


IMPORTANT DATES

August 5 through October 29Request Vote by Mail
October 6Close of Voter Registration
October 7 through November 2
Grace period registration and grace period voting begins.
October 18Last day to register to vote online.
October 19 through November 2Early voting at Madison County Clerk's Office and designated temporary locations.
November 3General Election

CANDIDATES

List of candidates has been compiled to the best of our ability. If a candidates name or official site is not listed, please contact our administrative assistant to request a candidate be added upon review.

* Indicates incumbent candidate

In alphabetical order
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Joe BidenCampaign Website
REPUBLICAN PARTY
Donald J. Trump*Campaign Website
AMERICAN SOLIDARITY PARTY
Brian CarrollCampaign Website
GREEN PARTY
Howie HawkinsCampaign Website
LIBERTARIAN PARTY
Jo JorgensenCampaign Website
PARTY FOR SOCIALISM AND LIBERATION
Gloria La RivaCampaign Website
In alphabetical order
US SENATOR - DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Richard J. Durbin*Campaign Website
US SENATOR - REPUBLICAN PARTY
Mark C. Curran Jr.Campaign Website
US SENATOR - GREEN PARTY
David F. BlackCampaign Website
US SENATOR - LIBERTARIAN PARTY
Danny MaloufCampaign Website
US SENATOR - WILLIE L. WILSON PARTY
Willie L WilsonCampaign Website
IL 12th DISTRICT - DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Raymond C. LenziCampaign Website
IL 12th DISTRICT - REPUBLICAN PARTY
Mike Bost*Campaign Website
IL 13th DISTRICT - DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Betsy LondriganCampaign Website
IL 13th DISTRICT - REPUBLICAN PARTY
Rodney Davis*Campaign Website
Monica Bristow (D)*State Representative District 111Campaign Website
Amy Elik (R)State Representative District 111Campaign Website
Katie Stuart (D)*State Representative District 112Campaign Website
Jay Hoffman (D)*State Representative District 113Campaign Website
Amy Gabriel (D)Circuit ClerkCampaign Website
Tom McRae (R)Circuit ClerkCampaign Website
Tom Haine (R)State’s AttorneyCampaign Website
Crystal Uhe (D)State’s AttorneyCampaign Website
David Michael (R)AuditorCampaign Website
Joe Silkwood (D)AuditorCampaign Website
Steve Nonn (D) *CoronerCampaign Website
Robert Daiber (D)County Board ChairCampaign Website
Kurt Prenzlier (R)*County Board ChairCampaign Website
Dina Burch (D) County Board Member District 19Campaign Website
Aarron Messner (R)
County Board Member District 19Campaign Website
Kristen Novacich-Koberna (D)* County Board Member District 20Campaign Website
Denise Wiehardt (R)County Board Member District 20
Judy Cates (D)Judge of the Supreme Court Fifth Judicial DistrictCampaign Website
David Overstreet (R)Judge of the Supreme Court Fifth Judicial DistrictCampaign Website
Mark Boie (R)Judge of the Appellate Court Fifth Judicial District Campaign Website
Sarah Smith (DJudge of the Appellate Court Fifth Judicial District Campaign Website
Leslie Wood (D) Judge Circuit Court Third Judicial CircuitCampaign Website
Tom Gibbons (D)Judge Circuit Court Third Judicial CircuitCampaign Website
Amy Maher (R) Judge Circuit Court Third Judicial CircuitCampaign Website

In Madison County, Illinois, there are a few “other” questions on the ballot for the November 3rd election. 

Here is where you can find a little bit of information about those questions:

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GOVERNMENT SITES

Office of Madison County Clerk – The official website of the Madison County Clerk; with answers to questions like “Who can register to vote?” and “Where do I vote?”.

Madison County Election Calendar – List of important election dates.

Madison County Voter Information Search – View a copy of your ballot, list of districts, polling place, and a copy of your voter registration card by providing some basic information (i.e. name, date of birth, etc.).

Madison County Voter Information – A helpful FAQ for Madison County voters.

Illinois State Board of Elections – A quick and easy way to find candidate filings, general election information, and to verify if you are registered to vote in Illinois.

Federal Voting Assistance Program – Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.

Presidential Election Process – Learn about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions. The Federal Government has developed a glossary of common terms used during election seasons. Perfect for new voters.

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CAMPAIGN FINANCE DISCLOSURES

Federal Election Commission – Official United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations.

Illinois Sunshine – a tool for browsing political contributions in the state of Illinois

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NEWS COVERAGE OF ELECTION

Chicago Sun-Times – Political coverage of Chicago and Illinois elections including the 2020 presidential election.

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

New York Times: Who’s Running for President 2020? – An up to the date accounting of who’s in and who’s out of the 2020 Presidential race including brief biographies of each candidate. An excellent source to quickly get up to speed on every presidential candidate.

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NATIONAL CONVENTION DATES & LOCATIONS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

August 17-20 Milwaukee Wisconsin

REPUBLICAN PARTY

August 21-24 Charlotte, North Carolina

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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.”

FactStream – An iOS app developed by the Reporter Lab at Duke University. App Summary: “FactStream helps you find the truth in American politics by bringing together the work of the three largest U.S. fact-checking organizations – the Washington Post, PolitiFact, and FactCheck.org. During major events such as speeches and debates, you can follow along as our partners fact-check in real time.”

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

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GENERAL RESOURCES

BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide – 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 because you don’t quite understand 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 non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.

TurboVote – A tool that makes voting easy by sending text or email messages verifying voter registration status, reminders about important election deadlines, and polling place location. Developed by the nonpartisan group Democracy Works.

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POLITICAL PARTIES

DEMOCRATIC PARTY – National | Illinois | Madison County

GREEN PARTY – National | Illinois | Madison County

LIBERTARIAN PARTY – National | Illinois | Madison County

REPUBLICAN PARTY – National | Illinois | Madison County

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This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Six Mile Regional Library District. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.

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