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10 ILCS 5/5-29
(10 ILCS 5/5-29)
(from Ch. 46, par. 5-29)
Upon application to vote, except as hereinafter provided
for absent electors, 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
Town of................District or Precinct Number..........;
(date) (month) (year)
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
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
Certificates as above prescribed shall be furnished by the county
clerk for all elections.
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 for 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 5 shall be construed to apply to
such official poll records.
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
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 representative 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
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 list of voters and whose name has not been erased or withdrawn
from such register, it shall be the duty of one of the Judges of
Election to require an affidavit by such person and two voters residing
in the precinct before the judges of election that he is the same person
whose name appears upon the precinct register and that he resides in the
precinct stating the street number of his residence. Forms for such
affidavit shall be supplied by the county clerk for all elections. Upon
the making of such affidavit and the presentation of his certificate
such elector shall be entitled to vote. All affidavits made under this
paragraph shall be preserved and returned to the county clerk in an
envelope. It shall be the duty of the county clerk within 30 days after
such election to take steps provided by Section 5-27 of this article 5
for the execution of new registration affidavits by electors who have
voted under the provisions of this paragraph.
Provided, however, that the applications for ballots made by
registered voters and 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 two 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