At Common Cause Illinois, we are committed to defending voting rights, making the ballot box accessible for all eligible voters, and safeguarding our voting systems so that every voter is guaranteed an accurate and fair election.

Every election cycle, we run a statewide Election Protection program that helps voters to navigate the polls and informs them of their rights. We also provide robust training for volunteer poll watchers who help to ensure that election judges and poll workers follow the law. In fact, Common Cause Illinois has a history of deploying one of the largest nonpartisan voter protection programs in the state.

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What we do…

We will place hundreds of volunteers on the ground and recruit legal experts to staff the nonpartisan 866-OUR-VOTE hotline. Our leaders provide a crucial line of defense for Illinois voters against electioneering and suppression tactics, outdated infrastructure, and other impediments to the ballot box. Above all, we inform voters of their rights, help elections officials to handle problems in real time, and notify legal teams when the courts’ interference is needed.
We place trained poll monitors at polling places, especially in communities with a history of voting problems, where hotly-contested races exacerbate the chance of long lines, confusion, and other complications. Poll monitors will provide information, troubleshoot problems, and report bad practices to our teams to resolve them with election officials.

It’s this effort that facilitates our year-round work to advance strong voting reform: we note patterns or practices during the election, bring problems to the attention of elections officials and administrators, and then we work with them to arrive at commonsense solutions. With this “all hands on deck” approach, we advance improved elections systems.

See more information about our hotlines and get help voting.

Additionally, you can use these voting tools to verify your voter registration, find out if you are eligible to vote, register to vote, get election reminders and more.

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