CHICAGO — Officials and volunteer groups are helping protect people’s right to vote Tuesday.
Though hundreds of thousands of people have already voted early or through the mail, many still plan to cast a ballot on Election Day. So far, there haven’t been reports of voter intimidation, Marisel Hernandez, chair of the Chicago Board of Elections, said at a Monday morning news conference.
But officials are prepared for potential issues.
The Board of Elections has a full Voters’ Bill of Rights on its website. The site reminds voters they have the right to check their ballot, have their child with them in a voting booth, cast and ballot 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.
And remember: So long as you’re in line by 7 p.m., you should be allowed to wait and cast your ballot, Hernandez said.
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