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Illinois Election Monitoring Efforts Include Telephone Hotline

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Federal, state, and local elections will be monitored on Election Day by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office.

The United Sates Attorney’s Office will monitor elections in Rockford and the surrounding area on Election Day. As part of the effort, the office will operate a telephone hotline where citizens can report complaints related to the voting process. The hotline number is 312-469-6159. It will be staffed by assistant U.S. attorneys, on Election Day only.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan also announced statewide election monitoring efforts. Voters in Chicago and northern Illinois can call 866-536-3496. Central and southern Illinois voters can call 866-559-6812. These lines will be operated by assistant attorneys general.

Madigan’s office also reminds voters of a few state and federal voting laws. Illinois voters are not required to present identification when voting except in very limited circumstances. People registering to vote on Election Day should be prepared to show two forms of identification. Additionally, voters have the right to cast their ballot if they are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day. And if a voter cannot read, has trouble understanding English or has a disability, that voter has the right to request assistance from a person of their choice.

For information about the location of polling sites, voter registration status, and the voting process, Illinois residents can visit the state board of elections website.