(10 ILCS 5/4-16)
(from Ch. 46, par. 4-16)
Any registered voter who changes his residence from one address
to another within the same county wherein this Article is in effect, may
have his registration transferred to his new address by making and signing
an application for change of residence address upon a form to be provided
by the county clerk. Such application must be made to the office of the
county clerk and may be made either in person or by mail. In case the
person is unable to sign his name, the county clerk shall require him to
execute the application in the presence of the county clerk or of his
properly authorized representative, by his mark, and if satisfied of the
identity of the person, the county clerk shall make the transfer.
Upon receipt of the application, the county clerk, or one of his
employees deputized to take registrations shall cause the signature of the
voter and the data appearing upon the application to be compared with the
signature and data on the registration record card, and if it appears that
the applicant is the same person as the person previously registered under
that name the transfer shall be made.
No transfers of registration under the provisions of this Section shall
be made during the 27 days preceding any election at which such
be entitled to vote. When a removal of a registered voter takes place from
one address to another within the same precinct within a period during
which a transfer of registration cannot be made
before any election or primary, he shall be entitled to vote upon
presenting the judges of election his affidavit substantially in the form
prescribed in Section 17-10 of this Act of a change of residence address
within the precinct on a date therein specified.
The county clerk may obtain information from utility companies, city,
village, incorporated town and township records, the post office, or from
other sources, regarding the removal of registered voters, and may treat
such information, and information procured from his death and marriage
records on file in his office, as an application to erase from the register
any name concerning which he may so have information that the voter is no
longer qualified to vote under the name, or from the address from which
registered, and give notice thereof in the manner provided by Section 4-12
of this Article, and notify voters who have changed their address that a
transfer of registration may be made in the manner provided in this
Section enclosing a form therefor.
If any person be registered by error in a precinct other than that in
which he resides, the county clerk may transfer his registration to the
proper precinct, and if the error is or may be on the part of the
registration officials, and is disclosed too late before an election or
primary to mail the certificate required by Section 4-15, such certificate
may be personally delivered to the voter and he may vote thereon as therein
provided, but such certificates so issued shall be specially listed with
the reason for the issuance thereof.
Where a revision or rearrangement of precincts is made by the county
board, the county clerk shall immediately transfer to the proper precinct
the registration of any voter affected by such revision or rearrangement of
the precinct; make the proper notations on the registration cards of a
voter affected by the revision or rearrangement and shall issue revised
certificates to each registrant of such change.
Any registered voter who changes his or her name by marriage or
otherwise shall be required to register anew and authorize the cancellation
of the previous registration; but if the voter still resides in the same
the elector may, if otherwise
qualified, vote upon making an affidavit at the polling place attesting that the voter is the same person who is registered to vote under his or her former name. The affidavit shall be treated by the election authority as authorization to cancel the registration under the former name, and the election authority shall register the person under his or her current name.
The precinct election officials shall report to the county clerk the
names and addresses of all persons who have changed their addresses and
voted, which shall be treated as an application to change address
accordingly, and the names and addresses of all persons otherwise voting by
affidavit as in this Section provided, which shall be treated as an
application to erase under Section 4-12 hereof.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05