Attorney General Madigan assigns teams statewide to monitor general
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[November 06, 2012]
CHICAGO -- Attorney General Lisa
Madigan announced last week that 173 teams of assistant attorneys
general and investigators from her office will be working throughout
the state on Tuesday to monitor the general election, to ensure that
Illinoisans’ voting rights are protected and that polling places are
Madigan urges voters to call her
office if they encounter suspected improper or illegal activity.
Madigan reminded 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 is disabled, 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).
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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).
[Text from file received from the office
Illinois Attorney General Lisa