Law eases voting for people with disabilities

6 April 2022

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law making voting easier for people with disabilities on Nov. 15, 2021, and created a group to study removal of further barriers.
The law also makes adjustments in deadlines and other technical requirements for candidates in primary election of last year, which occurred later than usual. Pritzker signed a law in June, 2020, moving the primary from March 15 to June 28 because late-arriving 2020 census numbers delayed the drawing of new congressional district boundaries.
Under the law, which takes effect immediately, any polling station that is accessible to voters with disabilities and elderly voters shall include at least one voting booth that is wheelchair accessible.
The Access to Voting for Persons with Disabilities Advisory Task Force will be composed of 15 members, three each appointed by the governor and leaders of the partisan caucuses in the House and Senate. The groups must meet at least four times and publish their results.

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