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10 ILCS 5/6-50.2
(10 ILCS 5/6-50.2)
(from Ch. 46, par. 6-50.2)
(a) The board of election commissioners shall appoint all
precinct committeepersons in the election jurisdiction as deputy registrars
who may accept the registration of any qualified resident of the State, except during the 27 days preceding an election.
The board of election commissioners shall appoint each of the following
named persons as deputy registrars upon the written request of such persons:
1. The chief librarian, or a qualified person
designated by the chief librarian, of any public library situated within the election jurisdiction, who may accept the registrations of any qualified resident of the State, at such library.
2. The principal, or a qualified person designated by
the principal, of any high school, elementary school, or vocational school situated within the election jurisdiction, who may accept the registrations of any resident of the State, at such school. The board of election commissioners shall notify every principal and vice-principal of each high school, elementary school, and vocational school situated in the election jurisdiction of their eligibility to serve as deputy registrars and offer training courses for service as deputy registrars at conveniently located facilities at least 4 months prior to every election.
3. The president, or a qualified person designated by
the president, of any university, college, community college, academy or other institution of learning situated within the State, who may accept the registrations of any resident of the election jurisdiction, at such university, college, community college, academy or institution.
4. A duly elected or appointed official of a bona
fide labor organization, or a reasonable number of qualified members designated by such official, who may accept the registrations of any qualified resident of the State.
5. A duly elected or appointed official of a bona
fide State civic organization, as defined and determined by rule of the State Board of Elections, or qualified members designated by such official, who may accept the registration of any qualified resident of the State. In determining the number of deputy registrars that shall be appointed, the board of election commissioners shall consider the population of the jurisdiction, the size of the organization, the geographic size of the jurisdiction, convenience for the public, the existing number of deputy registrars in the jurisdiction and their location, the registration activities of the organization and the need to appoint deputy registrars to assist and facilitate the registration of non-English speaking individuals. In no event shall a board of election commissioners fix an arbitrary number applicable to every civic organization requesting appointment of its members as deputy registrars. The State Board of Elections shall by rule provide for certification of bona fide State civic organizations. Such appointments shall be made for a period not to exceed 2 years, terminating on the first business day of the month following the month of the general election, and shall be valid for all periods of voter registration as provided by this Code during the terms of such appointments.
6. The Director of Healthcare and Family Services, or
a reasonable number of employees designated by the Director and located at public aid offices, who may accept the registration of any qualified resident of the election jurisdiction at any such public aid office.
7. The Director of the Illinois Department of
Employment Security, or a reasonable number of employees designated by the Director and located at unemployment offices, who may accept the registration of any qualified resident of the election jurisdiction at any such unemployment office. If the request to be appointed as deputy registrar is denied, the board of election commissioners shall, within 10 days after the date the request is submitted, provide the affected individual or organization with written notice setting forth the specific reasons or criteria relied upon to deny the request to be appointed as deputy registrar.
8. The president of any corporation, as defined by
the Business Corporation Act of 1983, or a reasonable number of employees designated by such president, who may accept the registrations of any qualified resident of the State.
The board of election commissioners may appoint as many additional deputy
registrars as it considers necessary. The board of election commissioners
shall appoint such additional deputy registrars in such manner that the
convenience of the public is served, giving due consideration to both
population concentration and area. Some of the additional deputy
registrars shall be selected so that there are an equal number from
each of the 2 major political parties in the election jurisdiction. The
board of election commissioners, in appointing an additional deputy registrar,
shall make the appointment from a list of applicants submitted by the Chair
of the County Central Committee of the applicant's political party. A Chair
of a County Central Committee shall submit a list of applicants to the board
by November 30 of each year. The board may require a Chair of a County
Central Committee to furnish a supplemental list of applicants.
Deputy registrars may accept registrations at any time other than the 27
day period preceding an election. All persons appointed as deputy
registrars shall be registered voters within the election jurisdiction and
shall take and subscribe to the following oath or affirmation:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support
the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State
of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office
of registration officer to the best of my ability and that I will register
no person nor cause the registration of any person except upon his personal
application before me.
(Signature of Registration Officer)"
This oath shall be administered and certified to by one of the commissioners
or by the executive director or by some person designated by the board of
election commissioners, and shall immediately thereafter be filed with the
board of election commissioners. The members of the board of election
commissioners and all persons authorized by them under the provisions of
this Article to take registrations, after themselves taking and subscribing
to the above oath, are authorized to take or administer such oaths and
execute such affidavits as are required by this Article.
Appointments of deputy registrars under this Section, except precinct committeepersons, shall be for 2-year terms, commencing on December 1 following
the general election of each even-numbered year, except that the terms of
the initial appointments shall be until December 1st following the next
general election. Appointments of precinct committeepersons shall be for 2-year
terms commencing on the date of the county convention following the general
primary at which they were elected. The county clerk shall issue a
certificate of appointment to each deputy registrar, and shall maintain in
his office for public inspection a list of the names of all appointees.
(b) The board of election commissioners shall be responsible for training
all deputy registrars appointed pursuant to subsection (a), at times and
locations reasonably convenient for both the board of election commissioners
and such appointees. The board of election commissioners shall be responsible
for certifying and supervising all deputy registrars appointed pursuant
to subsection (a). Deputy registrars appointed under subsection (a) shall
be subject to removal for cause.
Completed registration materials under the control of deputy
registrars appointed pursuant to subsection (a) shall be returned to the
appointing election authority by first-class mail within 2 business days or personal delivery within 7 days, except that completed registration
materials received by the deputy registrars during the period between the
35th and 28th day preceding an election shall be returned by the
registrars to the appointing election authority within 48 hours after receipt
thereof. The completed registration materials received by the deputy
registrars on the 28th day preceding an election shall be returned
deputy registrars within 24 hours after receipt thereof. Unused materials
shall be returned by deputy registrars appointed pursuant to paragraph 4 of
subsection (a), not later than the next working day following the close of
(d) The county clerk or board of election commissioners, as the case may
be, must provide any additional forms requested by any deputy registrar
regardless of the number of unaccounted registration forms the deputy registrar
may have in his or her possession.
(e) No deputy registrar shall engage in any electioneering or the promotion
of any cause during the performance of his or her duties.
(f) The board of election commissioners shall not be criminally or
civilly liable for the acts or omissions of any deputy registrar. Such
deputy registrars shall not be deemed to be employees of the board of
(g) Completed registration materials returned by deputy registrars for persons residing outside the election jurisdiction shall be transmitted by the board of election commissioners within 2 days after receipt to the election authority of the person's election jurisdiction of residence.
(Source: P.A. 100-1027, eff. 1-1-19