You have the right to receive assistance marking your ballot. You will be asked to sign an affidavit stating that you wish to receive assistance.
You may receive help from anyone you choose, except from your employer, an agent of your employer, or a representative of your union. If you would like, you may also be assisted by two election judges, each being from a different political party.
The federal Voting Rights Act requires that certain counties with large numbers of language minority voters with limited English skills must provide ballots and other voting-related materials and information in those language. In Illinois, the following counties fall under Voting Rights Act requirements:
- Cook (including Chicago): Spanish, Chinese, and Hindi
- DuPage: Spanish
- Kane: Spanish
- Lake: Spanish
Local election authorities often provide other forms of language assistance to voters with limited English ability, including translated materials, bilingual election judges and other staff, and language hotlines. If you need language assistance, please check with your local election authorities to see what accommodations they provide.
As noted above, you can also get help with voting from another person of your choice other than an employer or union representative.
Voters with disabilities
Illinois and federal law have specific provisions to make sure voters with disabilities have sufficient access to polling places. The information below gives an overview of some of the most important things to know for voters with disabilities.
Voters who are unable to enter your polling place because it is not accessible can use curbside voting. Curbside voting allows voters to vote within 50 feet of the polling place. Election judges bring the ballot out to the voters and the voters cast their ballots at that time.
Voters who need to use curbside voting should contact their election authority at least one day before Election Day. Election judges should nevertheless be prepared to offer curbside voting whenever a voter requests it.
Equipment available for voters with disabilities
Voting systems used by election authorities in polling places must be accessible for individuals with disabilities, including non-visual accessibility for the blind and visually impaired, in a manner that provides the same opportunity for access and participation as for other voters-including privacy and independence.
Every polling place should have at least one direct responding electronic (DRE) voting system equipped for individuals with disabilities. This is usually a touchscreen voting machine that is capable of operating in audio mode for individuals with visual disabilities. Anyone may use the DRE system. At least one election judge in the polling place should be familiar with how to operate it.
Equip for Equality, the statewide protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in Illinois, can provide assistance regarding election access issues. Equip for Equality has advocates available by telephone to answer questions about any voting problem you may experience on Election Day from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Equip for Equality's phone numbers are:
- (800) 537-2632
- TTY: (800) 610-2779