Just over a million people voted before Election Day in Illinois – and millions more are expected to cast their ballots today.
Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich says there have been a few calls regarding problems at polling places. Mostly the issues have been malfunctioning counting machines.
“That’s a pretty routine thing that does tend to happen on Election Day,” he said. “There is a procedure in place for handling those ballots until they can be put into a functioning tabulator.”
Meanwhile, lawyers with the Illinois Attorney General's office were called to Saline County, a southern county with around 25,000 people. They intervened when the county clerk wasn't allowing pollwatchers to observe the recounting of early and mail-in ballots after a counting machine malfunctioned, according to a spokeswoman with the office.
She said lawyers also went to Kendall and DuPage counties to clear up confusion over what to do when voters bring mail-in ballots to the polls. Voters are allowed to cast ballots, not provisional ballots, if they turn in their mail-in ballots to poll workers.
To report a problem to the Attorney General's office, Chicago area and northern Illinois voters can call 1-866-536-3496, while those in central and southern Illinois can call 1-866-559-6812.
The Illinois National Guard is also on-call in case of any cyber security threats. Dietrich says so far, there haven’t been indications that they’ll be needed.
But if elections authorities detect a hacking threat to their voter registration database or their website: “They can all us and if we can’t help them through it – we can call in the National Guard and they can have someone at that office anywhere in the state within an hour.”
Polls are open until 7 p.m. Anyone in line by that time can vote.
Residents are also able to register in-person at their polling place. Two forms of identification – including one with a current address – are required.