Your Rights

Test Your Knowledge: Voting Rights

A properly registered and qualified voter has the important right to vote for the candidates of his or her choice on Election Day.

That privilege comes with a number of other rights. How knowledgeable are you about election laws and your voting rights as a citizen? Take this quiz to find out.

  1. You have the right to inspect a sample ballot prior to Election Day. True or false?
  2. You have the right to ask a poll worker for a demonstration or further instruction of the voting mechanism. True or false?
  3. You have the right to ask a poll worker for help with voting if you cannot read, write or speak English, or you are visually impaired or otherwise physically disabled. You must take an oath affirming that you require the assistance. True or false?
  4. If you are disabled, and structural features prevent you from entering your polling place, you have the right to have the ballot delivered to you up to 50 feet away from the polling place entrance as long as you make the request before Election Day. True or false?
  5. In Cook and Kane Counties, you have the right to receive ballots, instructions and assistance in Spanish and in Chinese. True or false?
  6. You have the right to take up to two hours off from work to vote between the opening and closing of the polls on Election Day, as long as you let your employer know prior to Election Day. True or false?
  7. You have the right to vote freely without being solicited when you are within 100 feet of a polling place. In other words, you have the right to vote without anyone electioneering or trying to influence your vote in any other way. True or false?
  8. You have the right to take into the polling booth with you a list with the names of those for whom you want to cast your vote. These documents can include newspaper endorsements or any list of your own choosing. True or false?
  9. You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if your status as a qualified voter is in question because your name does not appear on the list of registered voters in your precinct, your right to vote has been challenged by an eligible challenger and the challenge has been sustained by a majority of your precinct’s election judges, or polling hours are extended by court order. A provisional ballot is one that will be segregated from other ballots and will only be counted once your voter registration has been verified. True or false?
  10. You have the right to request a replacement ballot if you make a mistake or if your ballot is damaged. You must return the “spoiled” ballot to the poll worker. True or false?
  11. You have the right to vote if you are in line at the time the polls close but haven’t yet cast your ballot. True or false?
  12. You can cast an absentee ballot if you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and have not yet received your voter I.D. card, but can provide a photo I.D. or verification of your identity at the polling place. True or false?

If you answered “true” to all the statements, congratulations! You know your voting rights!


Note: This information was prepared as a public service by the Illinois State Bar Association. Every effort has been made to provide accurate information at the time of publication. For the most current information, please consult your lawyer. If you need a lawyer and do not have one, visit our lawyer referral page.

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