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Illinois Attorney General to monitor primary election


CHICAGO, Ill. (HOI) -- The Illinois Attorney General wants to make sure your rights are protected as you head out to the polls Tuesday for the primary election.

On Monday, Kwame Raoul said that teams of assistant attorneys general and investigators from his office will be monitoring primary elections across the state to make sure rights are protected, and polling places are accessible.

In a statement, Raoul also encourages you to confirm your polling place with your local election authorities or the Illinois State Board of Elections. That is because they may have changed locations.

If you encounter improper or illegal activity or suspect it, call Raoul's office.

Those numbers for downstate voters is 1-866-559-6812, or 1-877-844-5461.

Raoul's statement also reminds voters of some of their basic voting rights:

  • Voters have the right to vote if they are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m. or at any other time between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day (10 ILCS 5/17-1).
  • If a voter makes a mistake or “spoils” a paper ballot and the voter has not cast the ballot, the voter has the right to receive a replacement ballot (10 ILCS 5/17-11).
  • If a voter cannot read, has trouble understanding English, or has a disability, that voter has the right to request assistance from anyone other than his or her employer, an agent of his or her employer, or an officer or agent of his or her union (10 ILCS 5/17-14).
  • Voters have the right to take unpaid time from work to vote, but no more than two successive hours, as long as they have applied with their employer before Election Day. The employer may set the time of day (10 ILCS 5/17-15).
  • No one is allowed to try to influence a voter within 100 feet of the polling place (10 ILCS 5/17-29).

John Kendall

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