CHICAGO — Common Cause Illinois reminds Chicagoans to use the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE, if they have any questions or encounter any challenges with casting a ballot in the election tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 28. Voters can call or text the hotline to connect with volunteers standing by to help.
The hotline features trained volunteers who answer questions ranging from registration and ballot deadlines, to voting in-person and voter requirements. Voters can also report any problems at polling locations or any instances of voter suppression.
Voters have the following hotlines available to them:
- 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) – English
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) – Spanish
- 844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) – Arabic
- 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) – Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese
“This year, Chicagoans are faced with many choices — ranging from mayoral candidates to the high number of open seats in City Council to choosing the first Police District Council,” said Jay Young, Common Cause Illinois’ executive director. “It is crucial that voters have the tools they need to exercise their fundamental rights, and we aim to help through both our nonpartisan 866-OUR-VOTE hotline and volunteer poll monitors throughout the city.”
Additionally, Election Protection monitors social media for disinformation and organizes thousands of nonpartisan field volunteers, led by Common Cause, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, and local partners, to provide direct voter support and help voters who experience problems casting their ballots.
“It is crucial that Chicago voters have the tools they need to exercise their fundamental rights,” said Young. “If anyone has a question about voting or runs into a problem, we strongly encourage them to call the hotline or look for one of our Election Protection volunteers wearing yellow t-shirts or black hats.”