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Seal of the State of Illinois

Williamson County Courthouse - 407 N. Monroe St. Marion, IL 62959

Election Department


Polling Place Hours-6 a.m.-7 p.m.


Election Judges Republican and Democrat
Call 618.998.2110 Ext. 106

First Time Voters Who Registered By Mail

If you registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2003, and you did not submit a copy of the required identification with the application for registration at that time, and you will be voting in a jurisdiction for the first time, then you will be required to submit a copy of one of the following:

  • A current and valid photo identification
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Government document

If you use a photo id, and the photo id has an address, it must match the registration address. If a photo id is not used, the document must show your name and address. It must be presented to the election judge before being permitted to vote. If you do not present a required form of identification, you may vote a Provisional Ballot.

Also, when you register by mail, you must vote in person the first time, either at the polling place, in-person absentee or early voting. Exception: UOCAVA and the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (HAVA303[b][2][c]).

Voting Rights

  • Voters whose names do not appear on the poll list, or are unable to comply with identification requirements for mail-in-registrants, are entitled to vote by provisional ballot if they declare they are registered to vote in the jurisdiction and eligible to vote in the election.
  • Voters who vote by provisional ballot are entitled to written information describing how they may learn, through a free access system, whether their provisional ballot was counted by election officials, and if it was not counted, why not.
  • Voters who vote after the established time for polls to close due to a court order or other order requiring the polls to remain open for extended hours will have to vote by provisional ballot (unless those voters were in line at the time polls closed).
  • Voters whose voting status has been challenged by an election judge, a pollwatcher, or any legal voter and that challenge has been sustained by a majority of the election judges may vote provisionally.
  • Voters who are registered to vote and who have moved within the same register’s jurisdiction before an election for federal office are generally entitled to vote in that election (for federal offices) under failsafe procedures even if they did not previously advise the register of the move.
  • Voters who have submitted to the appropriate election officials (either in person or by mail) their completed and valid registration application by the close of registration as permitted by state law, and whom the register has determined are eligible, are entitled to be registered and to vote in that election.
  • Voters are entitled to notice the disposition of their voter registration application.
  • Voters who are otherwise qualified to register and vote may be entitled to register and vote absentee in an election for federal office if they are in the military or are residing overseas.
  • Voters in jurisdictions with a statutorily-specified minimum number of voters who speak a primary language other than English may be entitled to receive a written ballot or other election materials or assistance in language other than English.
  • Voters who require assistance in voting due to blindness, disability or inability to read or write may receive assistance from a person of the voter’s choice other than the voter’s employer or union (or agent thereof).
  • Jurisdictions must not apply standards or practices which deny or abridge the right to vote on account of race. Election officials must not deny persons of any right secured by the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (prohibits denying the right to vote to citizens 18 years of age and older on account of age).
  • Jurisdictions must take steps to make the registration and voting process accessible to the elderly and to individuals with disabilities.
  • Persons must not intimidate, threaten or coerce any other person for registering or voting: for urging or aiding persons in registering or voting, for purposes of interfering or influencing how a person chooses to vote, or for purposes of preventing a person from voting.
  • Election officials must not fail or refused to permit a person to vote who is entitled to vote and must not refuse to tabulate, count and report such person’s vote.
  • Election officials must retain and preserve for 22 months after any election that includes a federal candidate all records and papers relating to registration and voting in that election.

Prohibited Acts of Fraud and Misrepresentation

  • Persons must not make any false statement or falsely claim that they are citizens of the United States in order to register or vote in any Federal, State, or local election.
  • Persons must not vote more than once in any election (note: this does not include voting a replacement ballot after a spoiled ballot was invalidated).
  • Persons must not procure or submit materially false, fraudulent or fictitious voter registration applications in any election.
  • Persons must not submit false information as to name, address or period of residence in a voting district for the purpose of establishing eligibility to register or vote in any election.
  • Persons must not procure, cast or tabulate materially false, fraudulent or fictitious ballots in any election.
  • Persons must not pay, offer to pay or accept payment for voting, registering to vote, withholding their vote, or voting for or against any candidate in any election.

Violation of Voting Rights

  • If you have witnessed efforts to commit any kind of fraud or corruption in the voting process, you may report this to you local United States Attorney’s Office, the nearest office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Illinois State Board of Elections complaint hotline at 1-866-513-1121, or the office of you election authority.
  • The administrative complaint procedure applies to alleged violations of Title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. Any alleged violation(s) that have occurred, is occurring, or is about to occur may be reported to the IL. State Board of Election. Alleged violations under Title III include, but are not limited to, voting system’s standards, accessibility for those persons with disabilities, and voter registration.
  • If you have witnessed actual or attempted acts of discrimination or intimidation in the voting process, you may report this to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice at 1-800-253-3931.