(10 ILCS 5/7-51)
(from Ch. 46, par. 7-51)
If the primary elector marks more names upon the primary
ballot than there are persons to be nominated as candidates for an
office, or for State central committeepersons, or precinct committeepersons, or
township committeepersons, or ward committeepersons, or delegates or alternate
delegates to National nominating conventions, or if for any reason it is
impossible to determine the primary elector's choice of a candidate for
the nomination for an office, or committeeperson, or delegate, his primary
ballot shall not be counted for the nomination for such office or committeeperson.
No primary ballot, without the endorsement of the judge's initials
thereon, shall be counted.
No judge shall omit to endorse his initials on a primary ballot, as
required by this Article, nor shall any person not authorized so to do
initial a primary ballot knowing that he is not so authorized.
Primary ballots not counted shall be marked "defective" on the back
thereof; and primary ballots to which objections have been made by
either of the primary judges or challengers shall be marked "objected
to" on the back thereof; and a memorandum, signed by the primary judges,
stating how it was counted, shall be written on the back of each primary
ballot so marked; and all primary ballots marked "defective" or
"objected to" shall be enclosed in an envelope and securely sealed, and
so marked and endorsed as to clearly disclose its contents. The envelope
to be used for enclosing ballots marked "defective" or "objected to"
shall bear upon its face, in not less than 1 1/2 inch type, the legend:
"This envelope is for use after 6:00 P.M. only." The envelope to be used
for enclosing ballots spoiled by voters while attempting to vote shall
bear upon its face, in not less than 1 1/2 inch type, the legend: "This
envelope is for use before 6:00 P.M. only."
All primary ballots not voted, and all that have been spoiled by
voters while attempting to vote, shall be returned to the proper election authority
by the primary judges, and a receipt taken therefor, and shall be
preserved 2 months. Such official shall keep a record of the number of
primary ballots delivered for each polling place, and he or they shall
also enter upon such record the number and character of primary ballots
returned, with the time when and the persons by whom they are returned.
(Source: P.A. 100-1027, eff. 1-1-19