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Madigan announces plans to monitor March 18 primary election, highlights key voter rights

March 13, 2014
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CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) has announced 181 teams of assistant attorneys general and investigators from her office will be working throughout the state Tuesday, March 18, to monitor the primary election to ensure Illinoisans’ voting rights are protected and that polling places are accessible.

Madigan urges voters to call her office if they encounter suspected improper or illegal activity.

Chicago and northern Illinois voters can call 1-866-536-3496 (TTY 1-800-964-3013).

Downstate voters can call 1-866-559-6812 (TTY 1-877-844-5461).

Madigan reminded voters of some of their basic voting rights, including the following:

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).

Posted March 13, 2014

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