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10 ILCS 5/4-22
(10 ILCS 5/4-22)
(from Ch. 46, par. 4-22)
Except as otherwise provided in this Section upon application
to vote each registered elector shall sign his name or make his mark as the
case may be, on a certificate substantially as follows:
CERTIFICATE OF REGISTERED VOTER
City of ....... Ward ....... Precinct .......
Election ....... (Date) ....... (Month) ....... (Year)
Registration Record .......
Checked by .......
Voter's number ....
INSTRUCTION TO VOTERS
Sign this certificate and hand it to the election officer in charge. After
the registration record has been checked, the officer will hand it back
to you. Whereupon you shall present it to the officer in charge of the ballots.
I hereby certify that I am registered from the address below and am qualified to vote.
Signature of voter .......
residence address .......
An individual shall not be required to provide his social
security number when applying for a ballot. He shall not be denied a
ballot, nor shall his ballot be challenged, solely because of his refusal
to provide his social security number.
Nothing in this Act prevents an individual from being requested
to provide his social security number when the individual applies for a
If, however, the certificate contains a space for the individual's
social security number, the following notice shall appear on the
certificate, immediately above such space,
in bold-face capital letters, in type the size of which
equals the largest type on the certificate:
"THE INDIVIDUAL APPLYING FOR A BALLOT WITH THIS DOCUMENT IS NOT REQUIRED
TO DISCLOSE HIS OR HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. HE OR SHE MAY NOT BE DENIED
A BALLOT, NOR SHALL HIS OR HER BALLOT BE CHALLENGED, SOLELY BECAUSE OF HIS
OR HER REFUSAL TO PROVIDE HIS OR HER SOCIAL
The certificates of each State-wide political party at a general primary election
shall be separately printed upon paper of uniform quality, texture and size,
but the certificates of no 2 State-wide political parties shall be of the
same color or tint. However, if the election authority provides computer
generated applications with the precinct, ballot style and voter's name
and address preprinted on the application, a single application may be used
for State-wide political parties if it contains spaces or check-off boxes
to indicate the political party. Such application shall not entitle the
voter to vote in the primary of more than one political party at the same election.
At the consolidated primary, such certificates may contain spaces or checkoff
boxes permitting the voter to request a primary ballot of any other political
party which is established only within a political subdivision and for which
a primary is conducted on the same election day. Such application shall
not entitle the voter
to vote in both the primary of the State-wide political party and the primary
of the local political party with respect to the offices of the same political
subdivision. In no event may a voter vote in more than one State-wide primary
on the same day.
The judges in charge of the precinct registration files shall compare the
signature upon such certificate with the signature on the registration record
card as a means of identifying the voter. Unless satisfied by such comparison
that the applicant to vote is the identical person who is registered under
the same name, the judges shall ask such applicant the questions for identification
which appear on the registration card, and if the applicant does not prove
to the satisfaction of a majority of the judges of the election precinct
that he is the identical person registered under the name in question then
the vote of such applicant shall be challenged by a judge of election, and
the same procedure
followed as provided by law for challenged voters.
In case the elector is unable to sign his name, a judge of election shall
check the data on the registration card and shall check the address given,
with the registered address, in order to determine whether he is entitled to vote.
One of the judges of election shall check the certificate of each applicant
for a ballot after the registration record has been examined, and shall
sign his initials on the certificate in the space provided therefor, and
shall enter upon such certificate the number of the voter in the place provided
therefor, and make an entry in the voting record space on the registration
record, to indicate whether or not the applicant voted. Such judge shall
then hand such certificate back to the applicant in case he is permitted
to vote, and such applicant shall hand it to the judge of election in charge
of the ballots. The certificates of the voters shall be filed in the order
in which they are received and shall constitute an official poll record.
The term "poll lists" and "poll books", where used in this Article, shall
be construed to apply to such official poll record.
After each general primary election the county clerk shall indicate by
color code or other means next to the name of each registrant on the list
of registered voters in each precinct the primary ballot of a political
party that the registrant requested at that general primary election. The
county clerk, within 60 days after the general primary election, shall provide
a copy of this coded list to the chair of the county central committee
of each established political party or to the chair's duly authorized representative.
Within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1983,
the county clerk shall provide to the chair of the county central committee
of each established political party or to the chair's duly authorized
the list of registered voters in each precinct at the time of the general
primary election of 1982 and shall indicate on such list by color code or
other means next to the name of a registrant the primary ballot of a political
party that the registrant requested at the general primary election of 1982.
The county clerk may charge a fee to reimburse the actual
cost of duplicating
each copy of a list provided under either of the 2 preceding paragraphs.
Where an elector makes application to vote by signing and presenting the
certificate provided by this Section, and his registration record card is
not found in the precinct registry of voters, but his name appears as that
of a registered voter in such precinct upon the printed precinct register
as corrected or revised by the supplemental list, or upon the consolidated
list, if any, and whose name has not been erased or withdrawn from such
register, the printed precinct register as corrected or revised by the supplemental
list, or consolidated list, if any, shall be prima facie evidence of the
elector's right to vote upon compliance with the provisions hereinafter
set forth in this Section. In such event one of the judges of election
shall require an affidavit by such person and one voter residing in the
precinct before the judges of election, substantially in the form prescribed
in Section 17-10 of this Act, and upon the presentation of such affidavits,
a certificate shall be issued to such elector, and upon the presentation
of such certificate and affidavits, he shall be entitled to vote.
Provided, however, that applications for ballots made by registered voters
under the provisions of Article 19 of this Act shall be accepted by the
Judges of Election in lieu of the "Certificate of Registered Voter" provided
for in this Section.
When the county clerk delivers to the judges of election for use at the
polls a supplemental or consolidated list of the printed precinct register,
he shall give a copy of the supplemental or consolidated list to the chair
of a county central committee of an established political party or to the chair's
duly authorized representative.
Whenever 2 or more elections occur simultaneously, the election authority
charged with the duty of providing application certificates may prescribe
the form thereof so that a voter is required to execute only one, indicating
in which of the elections he desires to vote.
After the signature has been verified, the judges shall determine in which
political subdivisions the voter resides by use of the information contained
on the voter registration cards or the separate registration lists or other
means approved by the State Board of Elections and prepared and supplied
by the election authority. The voter's certificate shall be so marked by
the judges as to
show the respective ballots which the voter is given.
(Source: P.A. 100-1027, eff. 1-1-19