Election Law Questions & Answers by State

Election Law Questions & Answers

Q: If you reside in the zipcode of a city in Oklahoma, and not in the city proper, do you get a vote in city elections?

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Oklahoma on
Answered on Mar 6, 2019
Kyle Persaud's answer
Check your city's municipal code. Your city's municipal code will tell who can vote in city elections, and who can't.

Some Oklahoma cities publish their codes online at www.municode.com

See if your city's code is there.

If your city's code is not on municode, contact your local city clerk. By Oklahoma statute, all city clerks are required to keep a copy of the city's municipal code in their offices, and make the code available for inspection.

Q: I was forced off a public sidewalk by a sitting elected town council person while viewing a public event. My recourse?

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Election Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Feb 5, 2019
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
Best to speak to a civil rights lawyer rather than a criminal lawyer.

Q: Can I demand to see the results of a ballot scan after voting?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Election Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 7, 2018
Charles M. Baron's answer
The poll workers cannot access the votes, and there would be no way to confirm how you voted, since all votes are anonymous. You can check ALL recorded votes by submitting a public records request to your county elections department. After a certain point in time, all of those paper ballots will become part of the public records.

Q: Do I need to list a political party preference to be able to vote in a primary in Illinois?

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 6, 2018
Ray Choudhry's answer
When you vote at the Primary Election, you must ask for a specific party's ballot.

Later, the records will show that you selected that party's ballot.

These election records are public.

Q: Who oversees polling place violations? The state? County?

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 14, 2018
Ray Choudhry's answer
Usually, both parties can and do have poll watchers.

Q: Is there any law against wearing a t-shirt that supports a specific candidate to a polling place in Illinois?

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on
Answered on Aug 29, 2018
Jeremy Wang's answer
Yes - See 10 ILCS 5/7-41

(c) No person shall do any electioneering or soliciting of votes on primary day within any polling place or within one hundred feet of any polling place...

Q: Is showing display ads at the polling centers on election day legal in PG county MD or the state of Maryland?

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Maryland on
Answered on Apr 30, 2018
Terrence M. Nolan's answer
Generally, you can display whatever you have on election day, provided that you remain outside of the boundaries (50 feet? It is marked by the election Judges).

Q: I live in MS. I'm 18. If i move out of MS and buy a house and live in TN, am I a legal adult?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights, Election Law and Juvenile Law for Mississippi on
Answered on Mar 26, 2018
Baskin Lowber Jones' answer
MS judge's blog on the subject:


Q: I noticed a minority getting turned away from my local polling place during the last election.

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 5, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Suggest they contact the league of women voters or a civil rights group. It may be they hadn't registered, or were at the wrong poling place etc.

Q: Do I need a valid drivers license in order to vote in the next election? If not, what ID must I bring?

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 27, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
The county clerk should give you a voter ID card.

That is what you need.

Otherwise, usually they will accept any form of picture ID.

The Secretary of State issues State ID cards.

Q: If I think voter fraud has occurred at my local precinct, who do I speak to about this to ensure it's looked into?

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Texas on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017
Josh Rohrscheib's answer
I'd talk to the County Clerk, unless you think that's the source of the fraud. Perhaps then turn to your State's Attorney. If you don't get any traction, you might raise the issue with the chairman of the county party adversely impacted by the fraud. They may be able to get more traction in pursuing it and put more resources into getting at the truth.

That said, actual voter fraud is extremely rare.

Q: The campaign workers for one candidate in my town have been stealing political mailers sent out by the other candidate.

2 Answers | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 12, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
Yes they can get in trouble.

Theft, trespass.

Usual trouble is in catching them in the act.

Q: Can a local full-time paid fire chief serve as an elected school board official in that same jurisdiction?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Election Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 30, 2017
Brent T. Geers' answer
I don't see why not. I'm unaware of any fire chief being an elected position, and so there is no conflict by holding two different elected positions. More importantly, in most cases, the school district (and its board) is a separate and distinct entity from the local government. It's really no different from any other city employee being elected to the school board. The answer would be different, of course, if a school district employee were to be elected to the school board - a clear conflict.

Q: Is it legal for workers for one candidate to steal campaign literature of a competitor from doors and porches?

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for California on
Answered on Aug 17, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
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Q: I went to vote in last November's general election and one of the precinct workers asked my political affiliation before

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on
Answered on Aug 1, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
There is no such thing as political affiliation in Illinois.

Whenever there is a primary election the voter can request the ballot of any of the parties.

The precinct workers know which ballot you requested in the past, which is public information.

There is no reason they would ask the question unless there was confusion with your registration and they were double checking on who you were.

Q: If I've registered to vote and am turned away for lack of proof at my local precinct, what can I do to prove I'm

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jul 10, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
The local precinct computer is tied to county clerk's computer.

If it shows you are not registered, then you aren't.

Some people think they are registered but aren't because all proper steps were not taken to get registered.

Q: Can I stand outside a Target to ask people to sign a petition?

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jun 23, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
If they let you.

Q: Can a candidate switch parties during an election?

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Florida on
Answered on Jun 17, 2017
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Yes, but I'm guessing your question relates to such things as whether the candidate will remain on the ballot.

Q: What are the laws about standing outside a polling place holding a sign for your candidate?

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on
Answered on May 26, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
Call the County Clerk Elections Division about the number of feet you have to be away from the polling place.

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