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									Equip for Equality’s Training Institute on Disability Rights:
                    Voting Rights’ Packet
 Voting Resources

  o Election Authorities

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 Illinois Voting Rights
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 Registering to Vote

 Voting Absentee

 Voting Assistance for People with Disabilities

 Register to Vote Postcard Form & Guide (separate handout)
                                       Voting Resources
 Organization                           Contact                 Website Information
Chicago Board           Polling Place Department (check       Find out your registration
of Elections            where you vote): 312-269-7976          status, where your polling
                                                               place is located, and the
                        Online: www.chicagoelections.com
                                                               elected officials in your
                        or http://66.107.4.19/
                                                               area.
                                                              Watch a voter instruction
                                                               video and print multi-
                                                               language voter
                                                               information sheets and
                                                               sample ballots.
                                                              Check election results


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                                      Voting Resources
 Organization                          Contact                     Website Information
                                                                Download an absentee
                                                                 ballot application to fill
                                                                 out

Chicago                   Online: www.chicagoappleseed.org      Read reviews of federal
Council of                                                        and state judges.
Lawyers
Congress.org              Online: www.congress.org              Identify and contact

is a service of                                                  elected leaders in

Capitol                                                          Congress, the White

Advantage, a                                                     House, state legislatures

private, non-                                                    and local elected officials

partisan                                                        Look up a candidate’s

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                                      Voting Resources
 Organization                          Contact                 Website Information
company that                                                 issue positions and key
specializes in                                               votes
facilitating civic                                          Post letters online in
participation.                                               Letters to Leaders and
                                                             read what other
                                                             Americans are saying to
                                                             elected officials

Cook County              David Orr                          Type in your suburban
Clerk’s Office           Cook County Clerk                   Cook County street
(Suburban                69 W. Washington Street             address and access a
Cook County)             5th floor                           virtual ballot
                         Chicago, IL 60602

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                                   Voting Resources
Organization                       Contact                 Website Information
                      Phone: 312-603-0906                Locate your polling place

                      TDD: 312-603-0902                  Check an online voter
                      Spanish: 312-603-6767               guide to learn more about
                                                          candidates.
                      Online: www.voterinfonet.com




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                                      Voting Resources
 Organization                            Contact               Website Information
Equip for               North Eastern Region                Overview of EFE’s voting
Equality                Chicago Office                       activities
                        Phone: 800-537-2632                 Help America Vote Act
                        TTY: 800-610-2779                    information

                        North Western Region                Voting rights trainings

                        Rock Island Office                   schedule

                        Phone/TTY: 800-758-6869             Links to other voting sites

                        West Central Region
                        Springfield Office
                        Phone/TTY: 800-758-0464

                        Online: equipforequality.org
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                                       Voting Resources
 Organization                          Contact                  Website Information
Federal                   Phone: 800-424-9530                Access frequently asked
Election                  TTY: 202-219-3336                   questions about the
Commission                                                    National Mail Voter
                          Online: www.fec.gov
                                                              Registration Form (you
                                                              can download it)
                                                             Look up information on
                                                              absentee voting
                                                             Find state registering
                                                              deadlines
                                                             Read voter registration
                                                              and turn-out success
                                                              statistics
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                                    Voting Resources
 Organization                        Contact                 Website Information
Go Voter                www.govoter.org                   Position statement:
                                                           Making Voting Accessible
Collaborating
                                                           for All
Organizations
include UIC                                               ADA Checklist for Polling

and The Arc of                                             Places

the U.S.                                                  Election Officials Fact
                                                           Sheet
                                                           Self-Advocates Fact
                                                           Sheet on Voting




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                                       Voting Resources
 Organization                           Contact                       Website Information
The Health                http://www.cthealthpolicy.org/toolbox Note: Some information is
Advocacy                                                       specific to Connecticut;
Toolbox                                                        most is general advocacy
                                                               info
A project of the
Connecticut                                                       How to Host a Legislative

Health Policy                                                      Breakfast

Project                                                           How to Work with
                                                                   Campaigns




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                                         Voting Resources
 Organization                             Contact                    Website Information
Illinois                   Phone (Chicago): 312-814-3000           Contact Attorney General,
Attorney                   TTY (Chicago): 312-814-3374).            Lisa Madigan, if you have
General                    Phone (Springfield): 217-782-1090        encountered

                           TTY (Springfield):   217-785-2771.       discrimination, or suspect
                                                                    improper or illegal activity
                           Phone (Carbondale): 618-529-
                                                                    at the polling place or
                           6400/6401
                                                                    while registering to vote.
                           TTY (Carbondale): 618-529-6403

                           Online: www.ag.state.il.us




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League of                League of Women Voters of Illinois      Get information about
Women Voters             332 South Michigan Avenue                voting with an absentee
of Illinois              Suite 1050                               ballot
                         Chicago, IL 60604                       Print a yearly election
                         Phone: 312-939-5935                      calendar

                         Online: www.lwvil.org                   Learn about the
                                                                  candidates through
                                                                  forums




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Illinois State            Springfield Office              Check a rating chart for
Bar                       Illinois Bar Center              judges to see if they are
Association               424 S. Second Street             qualified or not according
                          Springfield, IL 62701-1779       to ISBA standards.
                          (217) 525-1760
                          (800) 252-8908

                          Chicago Regional Office
                          20 S. Clark St., Ste. 900
                          Chicago, IL 60603-1802
                          (312) 726-8775
                          (800) 678-4009

                          Online: www.isba.org




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Illinois State           Illinois State Board of Elections      Look up contact
Board of                 James R. Thompson Center                information for your local
Elections                100 West Randolph                       election authority
                         Suite 14-100                           Look up information on
                         Chicago, IL 60601                       how to register and vote
                         Phone: 312-814-6440                    Print voter registration
                         TDD: 312-814-6431                       forms
                                                                Locate candidate filing
                                                                 information
                                                                Find election totals
                                                                Read about campaign
                                                                 disclosures




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Illinois State           Springfield Office
Board of                 1020 South Spring Street
Elections, cont. P.O. Box 4187
                         Phone: 217-782-4141
                         TDD: 217-782-1518

                         Online: www.elections.state.il.us




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                                      Election Calendar
General Election - November 2, 2004
June 14                  First day for filing as party or independent candidate
June 21                  Last day to file as a candidate by 5 P.M.
August 16                Last day to file petitions for referenda
September 23             First day to apply for absentee ballot
October 4                First day a registered voter who has moved within 30 days outside
                         of his/her precinct prior to a Presidential elections may apply for
                         an absentee ballot for President and Vice President only with the
                         election authority having jurisdiction over his/her precinct of
                         former residence.
October 5                Last day for registration for the 2004 General Election
October 12               First day you can vote at your local election authority as an
                         absentee voter
October 23               Last day to file as a write-in candidate



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October 28               Last day for the election authority to receive application by
                         mail from any registered voter in the U.S., who expects to be
                         absent from his county of residence on election day.


                         Last day a registered voter in Illinois who has moved outside
                         of his/her precinct within 30 days prior to a Presidential
                         election may apply by mail for an absentee ballot to vote for
                         President or Vice President only with the election authority
                         having jurisdiction over his/her precinct of former residence.

November 1               Last day for to apply for and vote am absentee ballot (in person)
November 2               General Election Day
November 4               Last day a provisional voter may submit additional information to
                         the county clerk or board of election commissioners to support
                         his/her registration status



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                          Illinois Voters’ Bill of Rights

The letters and numbers after each of your rights listed
below are codes that tell lawyers and poll-workers
where to find the actual Illinois statute that protects
your right to vote. These rights are guaranteed to
properly registered and qualified voters. You have the
right to bring this bill of rights with you into your polling
place.




1. You have the right to vote if you are in line when the
polls close at 7pm, or at any other time between 6 am
and 7 pm. 10 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. §§ 5/17-1 and 5/17-
2; Mark Petrone, Illinois State Board of Elections


2. You have the right to receive a replacement voter
registration card if you lose or damage your card. 10 Ill.
Comp. Stat. Ann. § 5/4-19

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3. If a physical disability prevents you from entering the
polling area, and you make a special request the day
before the election, you have the right to have the
ballot delivered to you up to 50 feet away from the
polling place entrance. § 5/17-13(b)


4. If you cannot read or write, or are disabled, you have
the right to receive assistance from any person other
than your employer, an agent of your employer or an
officer or agent of your union. § 5/17-14


5. If you have moved within the same precinct or you
have changed your name within 28 days of the election,
you have the right to vote after signing an affidavit. §
5/4-16




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6. If you have moved to a different election district or
precinct within the state within 30 days of the election,
you have the right to vote in your new polling place. §§
5/3-1 and 5/17-10


7. If you make a mistake or “spoil” your ballot, and have
not cast the ballot, you have the right to receive a
replacement ballot. § 5/17-11


8. No one is allowed to try to influence your vote within
100 feet of the polling place. § 5/17-29


9. If you have been convicted of a crime, but have
served your sentence including any probation or parole,
and you have registered to vote since that time, you
have the right to vote. § 5/3-5; Civil Rights Division,
U.S. Dept. of Justice, “Restoring Your Right to Vote,
Illinois,” (Dec. 2000)
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                              Registering to Vote

             Registration is the #1 requirement for voting!


                           Who can Register to Vote?


      Citizens of the U.S. on election day
      Who are at least 18 years of age on or before election
       day
      Residents of the precinct at least 30 days before the
       day of the next election


                          Do I Need to Register to Vote?

You need to register to vote if:

      You have never registered before
      You have changed your name
      You have recently moved



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            o People who move within 28 days of an election but
              reside in the same precinct may vote by signing an
              affidavit


                       When Can You Register to Vote?

      Voter registration is open year round except for the 27-
       day period just before an election and during the 2-day
       period after each election (1 day after in Chicago).
      Register to vote by October 5 for the November 2
       election!

      What Identification Do You Need to Register to Vote?


You need to provide at least 2 pieces of identificationat
least 1 that has your address on it:
      Driver’s License
      Illinois State ID
      Social Security card
      Employee or student ID card
      Recent Utility bill
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     Credit card
     Birth certificate
     Public assistance identification card
     Library card
     Civic, union or professional association membership
      card


                      Where Can You Register to Vote?

                                In Person:

     On-site at your local election authority
     County Clerk's office
     Board of Election's office
     City and village offices
     Township offices
     Precinct Committeemen
     Military recruitment offices
     Some public libraries have a registrar on staff; many
      have the forms



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      Check with your employer or school to see if they are
       sponsoring a voter registration drive or suggest that
       they sponsor one.
      Some schools
      Some labor groups
      Some civic groups
      Some corporations
When applying for services at the following:
      Driver's License Facilities
      Department of Public Aid offices
      Department of Public Health offices
      Department of Mental Health & Developmental
       Disabilities offices
      Department of Rehabilitation Services offices


                          Mail-In Registration
      Illinois State Board of Elections website has forms to
       download, print and mail in.
            o www.elections.state.il.us
      Contact your local election authority for details
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      If you register by mail and you have not voted before,
       you must vote in person the first time and show
       identification at the polling place.

              Register to Vote Postcard Form and Guide

The Register to Vote Postcard and Guide lets you register
to vote from anywhere in the U.S.

Form and Guide:

      Are included in your Voting Rights handout
      Available on the Federal Election Commission website:
       www.fec.gov




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                               Voting Absentee


                       Who May Vote by Absentee Ballot?

Registered voters expecting to be absent from their county
of residence on election day can apply for an application to
vote by absentee ballot if they meet any of the following
criteria:

      Registered voters expecting to be absent from their
       county of residence on election day.
      Registered voters appointed to be judges of election
       outside their home precinct.
      Registered voters unable to be present at the polls
       because of a physical incapacity.
      Registered voters observing a religious holiday on
       Election Day.
      Registered voters working for the state's attorney,
       county clerk or board of elections.
      Registered voters serving as a sequestered juror on a
       State or Federal jury.
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      Registered or non-registered members of the United
       States armed forces on active duty.
      Spouses and dependents of armed forces members
       who expect to be outside their county of residence.
      State and Federal employees assigned outside of their
       home precinct.
      Registered citizen temporarily residing overseas.
      Any citizen residing outside of the country, not
       registered to vote but qualified to vote at a federal
       election, may vote by absentee ballot for federal
       offices.

            When Can You Apply for an Absentee Ballot?

By Mail: Not more than 40 days or less than 5 days before
the election.

In Person: Not more than 40 days or less than 1 day prior
to the election.




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                 How Do You Vote an Absentee Ballot?

  1. Get the proper application for an absentee ballot from
      your election authority (county clerk or board of
      election commissioners).
  2. Complete the application. Make certain to include your
      name, home address and the address where you want
      the ballot mailed, and be sure to sign the application.
  3. Mail or deliver in person the application to your
      election authority. If returning it in person, you may
      immediately vote your absentee ballot. If you return it
      by mail, you will receive your absentee ballot by mail.
  4. After receiving your ballot, vote the ballot in secret.
      Insert the ballot in the envelope provided, seal and
      complete the certification on the back and mail your
      ballot or return it in person.

Absentee voters are encouraged to contact their election
authority early for specific details, especially if they plan to
be out of the country on election day.


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             Voting Assistance for People with Disabilities


Federal law says that polling places must be accessible to
persons with disabilities. But if you want to be sure you
can vote on election day, it’s best to plan ahead.


Call the election office in your city or county and tell them
where you live and that you have a disability and you need
an accessible voting place.


Each precinct is supposed to set up an accessible polling
place so you can vote in person. But if there is no building
with wheelchair access in your precinct, they have to make
another arrangement for you.
For example:
          You could vote in another precinct’s polling place or
           at a central location like a country courthouse.
          Curbside voting they bring the voting device out to
           you. To take advantage of this, you are asked to
           contact the County Clerk's Office prior to Election
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           Day. However, election judges should be prepared to
           offer curbside voting whenever a voter requests it.
As a voter, you have a choice to ask anyone you want to
assist you at the polls, except for your employer or an
officer of a union that you are a member.
          You can bring a: friend, family member, teacher,
           personal attendant, neighbor, etc.
          You can also ask the election judges for help
            o Two judges need to assist you in the voting
                boothone democrat and one republican
            o You sign a paper that states you have requested
                assistance
                          - You state your disability and whether it is
                            temporary or permanent.
            º   You can be given instructions on how to vote with
                a sample ballot without signing the assistance
                paper.


       The person who assists you is not allowed to try to
                       influence you to vote a certain way.
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                        If someone is blind or cannot read, they
          have a right to have a person of their choosing help
          them vote. That helper can read the ballot to the voter
          and help them mark the ballot.
                        If you are having other problems voting
          or getting to a voting device you can and should ask
          for help from the election judges. It is their job to help
          you. That may mean explaining how something works
          or helping you get to the voting device.
                        If you go to vote and you can’t get to the
          voting devices because they are not accessible, you
          can call your local election authority to complain.
                        You can also ask a friend or another voter
          to let the election judges know about your problem.
          They may be able to help.
                        You can call Equip for Equality about any
          problems you have on election day at 800-537-2632 or
          800-610-2779 (TTY)



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This resource sheet is a guide to voting rights for people
with disabilities. Nothing written here shall be understood
to be legal advice. For specific legal advice an attorney
should be consulted.




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