Attorney General sends election monitors


SPRINGFIELD-Attorney General Lisa Madigan will send 179 teams of investigators and assistant attorneys general to monitor elections on Tuesday, according to an announcement.

In an announcement Monday, Madigan said the teams would “ensure that voters’ rights are protected and polling places are accessible.”

The Attorney General’s office says those who see or suspect improper or illegal activity at the polls should call 1-866-559-6812 or (TTY 1-877-844-5461).

Madigan’s announcement also listed 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).
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