What voters need to know before going to the polls

By Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 08/04 2014 02:46PM

Updated 08/04 2014 02:49PM

ILLINOIS -- Election Day is just a few short months away, but if voters don't brush up on what's going to be on the ballot, they could be in for a surprise November 4. WCIA-3's Alex Davis keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

Voters who hit the booth this November without knowing what's on the ballot could be in for an education.

"It's an unusually large number of amendments, as far as I know. This may be the first time we've had three statewide advisories on the ballot at one time."

In addition to choosing our next leaders, ballot-casters can answer a few opinion questions such as whether millionaires should pay more in taxes or minimum wage workers should get paid more.

"It's a public opinion poll and designed, I think, primarily to gain the sentiment of the people on whatever issue it is that, in this case, the legislature is posing to the people of the state."

But, like Voss says, some questions are to gather information only and not every outcome would stick.

"That would not have any legal effect no matter how the voters vote on it."

But, the constitutional amendments would have some ground.

"I think it's a great idea."

Both those questions are about crime victims' rights and voter discrimination.

"We need to be educated, informed and get out there and vote and be a part of the process."

Those questions, just like the advisory questions, tug at the emotions, perhaps, giving voters a greater reason to head to the polls.

"I think, the more we get interested in our community and the more we try to participate in making decisions about what we want, the better it is for all of us."

During an off-year election, an interest questions like this could bring is good for democracy. Registered voters will get information about the amendments in the mail.

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