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(10 ILCS 5/21-2)
(from Ch. 46, par. 21-2)
The county clerks of the several counties shall, within 21 days
next after holding the election named in subsection (1) of Section 2A-1.2 and
Section 2A-2 make 2 copies of the abstract of the votes cast for electors by
each political party or group, as indicated by the voter, as aforesaid, by a
cross in the square to the left of the bracket aforesaid, or as indicated
by a cross in the appropriate place preceding the appellation or title of
the particular political party or group, and transmit by mail one of the
copies to the office of the State Board of Elections and retain the other
in his office, to be sent for by the electoral board in case the other
should be mislaid. Within 31 days after the holding of such election, and
sooner if all the returns are received by the State Board of Elections, the
State Board of Election, shall proceed to open and canvass said election
returns and to declare which set of candidates for President and
Vice-President received, as aforesaid, the highest number of votes cast at
such election as aforesaid; and the electors of that party whose candidates
for President and Vice-President received the highest number of votes so
cast shall be taken and deemed to be elected as electors of President and
Vice-President, but should 2 or more sets of candidates for President and
Vice-President be returned with an equal and the highest vote, the State
Board of Elections shall cause a notice of the same to be published, which
notice shall name some day and place, not less than 5 days from the time of
such publication of such notice, upon which the State Board of Elections
will decide by lot which of the sets of candidates for President and
Vice-President so equal and highest shall be declared to be highest. And
upon the day and at the place so appointed in the notice, the board shall
so decide by lot and declare which is deemed highest of the sets of
candidates for President and Vice-President so equal and highest, thereby
determining only that the electors chosen as aforesaid by such candidates'
party or group are thereby elected by general ticket to be such electors.
(Source: P.A. 93-847, eff. 7-30-04.)