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10 ILCS 5/11-1
(10 ILCS 5/11-1)
(from Ch. 46, par. 11-1)
In counties not under township organization, the election
precincts shall remain as now established until changed by the Board of
County Commissioners, but said County Board may, from time to time,
change the boundaries of election precincts and establish new ones. In
counties under township organization, each town shall constitute at
least one election precinct. Insofar as is practicable, each precinct
shall be situated within a single congressional, legislative and
representative district and within a single municipal ward.
In order to situate each precinct within a single district or ward, the
County Board shall change the boundaries of election precincts after each
decennial census as soon as is practicable following the completion of
congressional and legislative redistricting.
At any consolidated primary or consolidated election at which
municipal officers are to be elected, and at any emergency referendum at
which a public question relating to a municipality is to be voted on,
notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, the election authority
shall establish a polling place within such municipality upon the request
of the municipal council or board of trustees at least 60 days before the
election and provided that the municipality
provides a suitable polling place. To accomplish
this purpose, the election authority may establish an election precinct
constituting a single municipality of under 500 population for all
elections, notwithstanding the minimum precinct size otherwise specified
Notwithstanding the above, when there
are not more than 50 registered voters in a precinct who are entitled to
vote in a local government or school district election, the election
authority having jurisdiction
over the precinct
is authorized to reassign such voters to one or more
polling places in adjacent precincts, within or
without the election authority's jurisdiction, for that
election. For the purposes of such local government or school district
election only, the votes of the reassigned voters shall be tallied and
canvassed as votes from the precinct of the polling place to which such
voters have been reassigned. The election authority having
jurisdiction over the precinct shall approve all administrative and polling
Such procedures shall take into account voter convenience, and ensure that the
integrity of the election process is maintained and that the secrecy of the
ballot is not violated.
Except in the event of a fire, flood or total loss of heat in a place
fixed or established by any election authority pursuant to this Section as
a polling place for an election, no election authority shall change the
location of a polling place so established for any precinct after notice of
the place of holding the election for that precinct has been given as
required under Article 12 unless the election authority notifies all
registered voters in the precinct of the change in location by first class
mail in sufficient time for such notice to be received by the registered
voters in the precinct at least one day prior to the date of the election.
The provisions of this Section apply to all precincts, including
those where voting machines or electronic voting systems are used.
If, as a result of the redistricting of legislative, representative, or
congressional districts following a decennial census, there exists a census
block with only one voter that is the only census block in a precinct that is
in a legislative, representative, or congressional district, then the county
board, at any meeting of the county board, may change the precinct boundaries
so that the census block is within a precinct that has more than one voter in
the legislative, representative, or congressional district.
(Source: P.A. 88-525.)