SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) – State Democratic lawmakers are reminding voters that they don’t need photo identification to vote on Election Day.

Illinois’ law doesn’t require a picture ID to vote, and in what sounded like a rally cry to make sure as many Democrats cast their ballots as possible, State Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan) urged voters to stand fast at their polling precinct if asked for photo identification.

“If you are asked for a photo ID, it’s not required, but do not leave your precinct if you’re asked for that,” Link said. “Call the State Board of Elections, call your state’s attorney, call the Illinois attorney general, any one of those authorities before you leave. Do not leave without voting.”

Democrats are worried that voter suppression could happen by way of election judges asking for a photo ID. Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says while a photo ID is not required, voters may still have to present some sort of ID. Such is the case for a first-time voter or if the voter was inactive. In that case, Cullerton says a number of things can be used for identification, such as a Social Security card, employee ID, utility bill, bank statement, a current pay stub, a library card, a credit card or a voter registration card.

For early voting, which concluded Saturday, a photo ID is required.

Voter turnout isn’t expected to be as large as the 2008 election.


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