Bethany Dudley and Harry the dog vote at Senn High School on Election Day Feb. 28, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — Officials and volunteer groups are helping protect people’s right to vote Tuesday.

The Board of Elections has a full Voters’ Bill of Rights on its website. The site reminds voters they have the right to use notes, check their ballot, have their child with them in a voting booth and more.

If you have any issues with voting — like if someone tries to intimidate you or stop you from casting a ballot — you can contact the Chicago Board of Elections at 312-269-7870. There will also be poll workers at every site who can answer questions and address issues.

People with questions and concerns can also call the independent, free Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights at 866-687-8683. They’ll talk to people over a hotline and, if necessary, send out lawyers.

The hotline is also available in Spanish at 888-VE-Y-VOTA, Arabic at 844-YALLA-US and in Asian languages at 888-API-VOTE.

Clifford Helm, senior counsel with the Voting Rights and Civic Empowerment team at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, said voters can call the hotline to get help, find their polling site or get answers to other issues impacting their ability to vote.

Hundreds of attorneys have volunteered in past elections and answered thousands of calls from voters, officials said.

And remember: So long as you’re in line at the polls by 7 p.m., you should be allowed to wait and cast your ballot.

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