(10 ILCS 5/4-17)
(from Ch. 46, par. 4-17)
Following the general election in November, 1946, and
following the November election every 4 years thereafter, the county
clerk shall examine the registration record cards, and shall send to
every voter who has not voted during the preceding four years a notice
through the mails, substantially as follows:
Notice of suspension of registration:
"You are hereby notified that your registration will be cancelled
according to law for failure to vote during the last 4 years, unless you
apply for reinstatement within 30 days. You may reinstate your
registration by signing the statement below and returning it to this
office or by making application in person to do so."
Application for reinstatement of registration:
"I do hereby certify that I still reside at the address from which I
am registered and apply for reinstatement of my registration.
Present Address ....
In case the elector is unable to sign his name, the application for
reinstatement shall be made at the office of the county clerk, or in the
case of an elector, absent from the county of his residence, it shall be
made before the clerk of a circuit court in the county in which the
elector is temporarily detained.
After the expiration of 30 days the county clerk shall cancel the
registration of all electors thus notified who have not applied for
A proper entry shall be made on the registration record cards for all
electors whose registrations are reinstated. Any elector whose
registration has been cancelled for failure to vote may register again
by making the application therefor in the manner provided by this
Article 4. When a registration is cancelled or erased under this or
other sections of this Article 4, a proper entry shall be made on the
original and duplicate registration cards by the county clerk, which
shall then be placed in a file of cancelled registrations and shall be
preserved for 2 years from date of cancellation. The county clerk shall,
however, place the cancelled cards in a suspense file, and reinstate them
at any time within such 2 year suspense period, when a person's registration
under this or other sections of this Article for failure to apply for
reinstatement or to appear in proper time, and there is sufficient
subsequent showing that he is a duly qualified elector.
(Source: P.A. 81-155.)