Under Illinois law you qualify for receiving assistance in marking your ballot only If you are blind, physically disabled, or unable to read or write the English or Spanish language. You are free to select the person who helps you such as an election judge, family member, friend, or another voter. You may not ask an agent of your employer or union. State law prohibits a candidate whose name appears on the ballot (unless you are the spouse, parent, child, brother or sister of the candidate) from assisting you.
The person assisting you must mark the ballot exactly as you direct and not reveal any of your choices. Any individual attempting to influence your choice of candidates, party, public questions, or to mark the ballot other than as directed, may be guilty of a Class 3 Felony. If you can’t or don’t express your intent, assistance cannot be given to mark the ballot in any way.
Assisted when Voting by Mail
The person assisting you must complete the "Assisted Voter" portion on your certification envelope.
Assisted in the Voting Site
Only one voter at a time is allowed in a single voting booth. Young children may accompany you to the voting booth.
An Assisted Voter Affidavit must be completed by the election judge, the person selected to assist, and you.