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Illinois Voting Rules You May Not Know

Tamie Yost

Officials are on standby at polling places across Illinois today.  Here are some of the rules you may not know.  This is the first presidential election when Illinois is allowing voters to register to vote on election day.  But you have to come with two forms of identification, such as a driver's license and a utility bill going to your current home.

You may also have to show ID if records show your registration is "inactive." Like if your address has changed.  Otherwise, if all of your information is up to date, you don't have to show your ID to cast a vote in Illinois.

It's okay to ask for a replacement ballot if you goof. Just as long as you haven't actually CAST that first ballot, of course.  You're not to be intimidated when voting.  Candidates and their supporters can't hover nearby.  Specifically, within 100 feet of a polling place. Past that, campaigning is allowed.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.