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Q: Do I need to list a political party preference to be able to vote in a primary in Illinois?
Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on Oct 6, 2018

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.

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Q: Who oversees polling place violations? The state? County?
Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on Sep 14, 2018

Usually, both parties can and do have poll watchers.

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Q: Is there any law against wearing a t-shirt that supports a specific candidate to a polling place in Illinois?
Jeremy Wang
Jeremy Wang answered on Aug 29, 2018

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...

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

What can I do to help next time?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 5, 2018

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.

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Q: Do I need a valid drivers license in order to vote in the next election? If not, what ID must I bring?
Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on Oct 27, 2017

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.

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

Can they get in trouble for this?

Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on Sep 12, 2017

Yes they can get in trouble.

Theft, trespass.

Usual trouble is in catching them in the act.

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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

I could vote. Is this legal?

Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on Aug 1, 2017

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...
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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

registered?

Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on Jul 10, 2017

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.

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Q: Can I stand outside a Target to ask people to sign a petition?
Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on Jun 23, 2017

If they let you.

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Q: What are the laws about standing outside a polling place holding a sign for your candidate?
Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on May 26, 2017

Call the County Clerk Elections Division about the number of feet you have to be away from the polling place.

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Q: Are felons allowed to vote in Illinois?
Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on May 5, 2017

Not while they are in prison.

Otherwise, yes.

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