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Voting today: Polling places, voters' rights, online help

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  • If you have any trouble voting, you have the right to seek assistance.

      If you have any trouble voting, you have the right to seek assistance.
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By Zachary White

As people around the suburbs head to the polls today for a primary with big consequences for how Illinois is governed, here are a few things to know:

About the candidates

• Voters will nominate candidates for governor, other statewide offices, U.S. Senate, members of Congress, state lawmakers and certain county officials and judges.

• Find questionnaires completed by the candidates, news coverage and our endorsements at

Polling hours

• Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

• You need to have already registered to vote in order to vote in the primary election. To check whether you're registered, visit

Where to vote

Find your polling place and sample ballots at the county websites:

• Cook County:

• DuPage County:

• Lake County:

• Kane County:

• McHenry County:

•Will County:

Where to get help

• If you need help with voting, contact the State Board of Elections hotline at (312) 814-6466, or (217) 782-1518 for the hearing-impaired.

• If you suspect improper or illegal activity, contact the Illinois attorney general's office at (866) 536-3496. No one is allowed to influence a voter within 100 feet of a polling place.

Your voting rights

Voters have certain rights, according to the Illinois attorney general and Illinois State Board of Elections:

• Voters can bring candidate guides or similar references into the voting booth with them.

• If you make a mistake on a paper ballot, and have not cast your ballot, you can ask for a replacement.

• If you have trouble reading, understanding English, or have a disability, you have the right to have assistance while casting a ballot.

• After giving notice to their employer, every employee is entitled to two hours off work in order to vote.

• If your name does not appear on the official voter list, or your voting eligibility has been questioned, you may fill out a provisional ballot, which will be counted once your eligibility has been verified.


Go to our election page,, for endorsements and our coverage of the races you'll vote on. Then watch after the polls close for election results.

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