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10 ILCS 5/5-9
(10 ILCS 5/5-9)
(from Ch. 46, par. 5-9)
Except as herein provided, no person shall be registered
unless he applies in person to registration officer, answers such
relevant questions as may be asked of him by the registration officer,
and executes the affidavit of registration. The registration officer shall
require the applicant to furnish two forms of identification, and except in the
case of a homeless individual, one of which must include his or her residence
address. These forms of identification shall include, but not be limited to,
any of the following: driver's license, social security card, public aid
identification card, utility bill, employee or student identification card,
lease or contract for a residence, credit card, or a civic, union or professional association membership card.
The registration officer shall require a homeless individual to furnish
evidence of his or her use of the mailing address stated. This use may be
demonstrated by a piece of mail addressed to that individual and received at
that address or by a statement from a person authorizing use of the mailing
address. The registration officer shall require each applicant for registration
to read or have read to him the affidavit of registration before permitting him
to execute the affidavit.
One of the Deputy Registrars, the Judge of Registration, or an
Officer of Registration, County Clerk, or clerk in the office of the
County Clerk, shall administer to all persons who shall personally apply
to register the following oath or affirmation:
"You do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will fully and truly
answer all such questions as shall be put to you touching your place of
residence, name, place of birth, your qualifications as an elector and
your right as such to register and vote under the laws of the State of
The Registration Officer shall satisfy himself that each applicant
for registration is qualified to register before registering him. If the
registration officer has reason to believe that the applicant is a resident
of a Soldiers' and Sailors' Home or any facility which is licensed or certified
pursuant to the Nursing Home Care Act, the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Act of 2013, the ID/DD Community Care Act, or the MC/DD Act, the following question shall be put,
"When you entered the home which is your present address, was it your bona fide
intention to become a resident thereof?" Any voter of a township, city,
village or incorporated town in which such applicant resides, shall be
permitted to be present at the place of precinct registration, and shall have
the right to challenge any applicant who applies to be registered.
In case the officer is not satisfied that the applicant is qualified,
he shall forthwith in writing notify such applicant to appear before the
County Clerk to furnish further proof of his qualifications. Upon the
card of such applicant shall be written the word "Incomplete" and no
such applicant shall be permitted to vote unless such registration is
satisfactorily completed as hereinafter provided. No registration shall
be taken and marked as "incomplete" if information to complete it can be
furnished on the date of the original application.
Any person claiming to be an elector in any election precinct in such
township, city, village or incorporated town and whose registration is
marked "Incomplete" may make and sign an application in writing, under
oath, to the County Clerk in substance in the following form:
"I do solemnly swear that I, .........., did on (insert date) make application to the Board of Registry of the ........
precinct of ........ ward of the City of .... or of the ......... District
......... Town of .......... (or to the County Clerk of .............) and
............ County; that said Board or Clerk refused to complete my
registration as a qualified voter in said precinct, that I reside in said
precinct (or that I intend to reside in said precinct), am a duly qualified
voter and entitled to vote in said precinct at the next election.
(Signature of Applicant)"
All such applications shall be presented to the County Clerk by the
applicant, in person between the hours of nine o'clock a.m. and five
o'clock p.m., on Monday and Tuesday of the third week subsequent to
the weeks in which the 1961 and 1962 precinct re-registrations are to be
held, and thereafter for the registration provided in Section 5-17 of
this Article, all such applications shall be presented to the County
Clerk by the applicant in person between the hours of nine o'clock a.m.
and nine o'clock p.m. on Monday and Tuesday of the third week
prior to the date on which such election is to be held.
Any otherwise qualified person who is absent from his county of
residence either due to business of the United States or because he is
temporarily outside the territorial limits of the United States may
become registered by mailing an application to the county clerk within
the periods of registration provided for in this Article or by simultaneous
application for registration by mail and vote by mail ballot as provided in
Article 20 of this Code.
Upon receipt of such application the county clerk shall immediately
mail an affidavit of registration in duplicate, which affidavit shall
contain the following and such other information as the State Board of
Elections may think it proper to require for the identification of the
Name. The name of the applicant, giving surname and first or
Christian name in full, and the middle name or the initial for such
middle name, if any.
Residence. The name and number of the street, avenue or other
location of the dwelling, and such additional clear and definite
description as may be necessary to determine the exact location of the
dwelling of the applicant. Where the location cannot be determined by
street and number, then the Section, congressional township and range
number may be used, or such other information as may be necessary,
including post office mailing address.
Electronic mail address, if the registrant has provided this information.
Term of residence in the State of Illinois and the precinct.
Nativity. The State or country in which the applicant was born.
Citizenship. Whether the applicant is native born or naturalized. If
naturalized, the court, place and date of naturalization.
Age. Date of birth, by month, day and year.
Out of State address of ..........................
AFFIDAVIT OF REGISTRATION
State of .........)
County of ........)
I hereby swear (or affirm) that I am a citizen of the United States;
that on the day of the next election I shall have resided in the State
of Illinois for 6 months and in the election precinct 30 days; that I am
fully qualified to vote, that I am not registered to vote anywhere else
in the United States, that I intend to remain a resident of the State of
Illinois and of the election precinct, that I intend to return to the State
of Illinois, and that the above statements are true.
(His or her signature or mark)
Subscribed and sworn to before me, an officer qualified to administer
oaths, on (insert date).
Signature of officer administering oath.
Upon receipt of the executed duplicate affidavit of Registration, the
county clerk shall transfer the information contained thereon to
duplicate Registration Cards provided for in Section 5-7 of this Article
and shall attach thereto a copy of each of the duplicate affidavit of
registration and thereafter such registration card and affidavit shall
constitute the registration of such person the same as if he had applied
for registration in person.
(Source: P.A. 98-104, eff. 7-22-13; 98-115, eff. 10-1-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15; 99-180, eff. 7-29-15.)