No More Stolen Elections!

Unite for Voting Rights and Democratic Elections

For Immediate Release Press Office: 312-814-3118
October 5, 2016 @ILAttyGeneral


Chicago – Attorney General Lisa Madigan, U.S. Attorney James A. Lewis for the Central
District of Illinois and officials with the Illinois State Board of Elections today met with
Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jamie Boyd and an official from the Kankakee County
Clerk’s office to ensure a fair, open and legal election this fall that allows all residents to vote
equally without obstacles or intimidation by law enforcement officials or offers in exchange for
votes, all of which are prohibited by law.

“We are committed to ensuring that we hold a fair, open and legal election and that all voters’
rights are protected,” Madigan said.

“The voting process is central to our democratic system,” Lewis said. “We came to Kankakee
County today and had a good discussion with the State’s Attorney and other officials intended to
ensure that each and every person can vote fairly and properly.”

They discussed complaints, including allegations of some minority voters being subject to
unnecessary requirements and misinformation about their ability to cast their vote, law
enforcement officials intimidating voters and questioning people who drove them to vote, and
offers in exchange for casting ballots.

Voters and county election officials are reminded that current law allows for voters to register to
vote and cast their ballot at the same time during both the early voting process and on General
Election Day following a Tuesday ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
Attorney General Madigan also reminded voters of some of their basic voting rights during the
early voting process:

• Voters have the right to register to vote and cast their vote at the same time.

• If your registration is active and current, you do not need to show identification to cast
your vote. If your registration is not active, there are circumstances in which you are
required to show identification in order to vote.

• If your voter registration is in “inactive” status and your address has changed, in order to
vote the same day you may be asked to show identification of your current address.

• If your voter registration is “canceled,” you will need to re-register and must show two
forms of identification. The most common forms of identification include a driver’s
license or a utility bill, one of which must show your current address.

• 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).

• No one is allowed to try to influence a voter within 100 feet of the polling place (10 ILCS