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ELECTIONS
(10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.

10 ILCS 5/11-3

    (10 ILCS 5/11-3) (from Ch. 46, par. 11-3)
    Sec. 11-3. It shall be the duty of the Board of Commissioners established by Article 6 of this Act, within 2 months after its first organization, to divide the city, village or incorporated town which may adopt or is operating under Article 6, into election precincts, each of which shall be situated within a single congressional, legislative and representative district insofar as is practicable and in not more than one County Board district and one municipal ward; in order to situate each precinct within a single district or ward, the Board of Election Commissioners shall change the boundaries of election precincts after each decennial census as soon as is practicable following the completion of congressional and legislative redistricting and such precincts shall contain as nearly as practicable 600 qualified voters, and in making such division and establishing such precincts such board shall take as a basis the poll books, or the number of votes cast at the previous presidential election. Within 90 days after each presidential election, such board in a city with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants, village or incorporated town shall revise and rearrange such precincts on the basis of the votes cast at such election, making such precincts to contain, as near as practicable, 600 actual voters; but at any time in all instances where the vote cast at any precinct, at any election, equals 800, there must be a rearrangement so as to reduce the vote to the standard of 600 as near as may be. However, any apartment building in which more than 800 registered voters reside may be made a single precinct even though the vote in such precinct exceeds 800. Within 90 days after each presidential election, a board in a city with more than 500,000 inhabitants shall revise and rearrange such precincts on the basis of the votes cast at such election, making such precincts to contain, as near as practicable, 400 actual voters; but at any time in all instances where the vote cast at any precinct, at any election, equals 600, there must be a rearrangement so as to reduce the vote to the standard of 400 as near as may be. However, any apartment building in which more than 600 registered voters reside may be made a single precinct even though the vote in such precinct exceeds 600.
    Immediately after the annexation of territory to the city, village or incorporated town becomes effective the Board of Election Commissioners shall revise and rearrange election precincts therein to include such annexed territory.
    Provided, however, that at any election where but one candidate is nominated and is to be voted upon at any election held in any political subdivision of a city, village or incorporated town, the Board of Election Commissioners shall have the power in such political subdivision to determine the number of voting precincts to be established in such political subdivision at such election, without reference to the number of qualified voters therein. The precincts in each ward, village or incorporated town shall be numbered from one upwards, consecutively, with no omission.
    The provisions of this Section apply to all precincts, including those where voting machines or electronic voting systems are used.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)

10 ILCS 5/11-4

    (10 ILCS 5/11-4) (from Ch. 46, par. 11-4)
    Sec. 11-4. It shall be the duty of the Board of Election Commissioners, established under Article 6 of this Act, to appoint the place of registry in each precinct for the first registration under Article 6 of this Act and the places for registry in subsequent registrations in the manner provided by such Article, and also the polling place in each precinct in such city, village or incorporated town which has adopted or is operating under said Article 6, and to give public notice thereof, and shall cause the same to be fitted up, warmed, lighted and cleaned, but in each election precinct and in each area for which a registration place is designated such place or places shall be in the most public, orderly and convenient portions thereof, and no building or part of a building shall be designated or used as a place of registry, or revision of registration, or as a polling place, in which spirituous or intoxicating liquor is sold. Provided, however, where the Board of Election Commissioners is unable to secure a suitable polling place within the boundaries of a precinct, it may select a polling place on a street immediately adjacent to and adjoining the precinct. Said Board of Election Commissioners may demand of the chief of police or the sheriff, to furnish officers of the law to attend during the progress of any registration, revision or election, at any place or places of registration, or any polling place, or places, designated by said commissioners, or to attend at any meeting of said commissioners. Said officers of the law, shall be furnished by said chief of police or sheriff and shall be stationed in the place or places of registration and polling place or places in such manner as said commissioners shall direct, and during said assignment shall be under the direction and control of the election commissioners.
    Notwithstanding the above, when there are no more than 50 registered voters in a precinct who are entitled to vote in a local government or school district election, the election authority having jurisdiction over the precinct, is authorized to reassign such voters to one or more polling places in adjacent precincts, within or without the election authority's jurisdiction, for that election. For the purposes of such local government or school district election only, the votes of the reassigned voters shall be tallied and canvassed as votes from the precinct of the polling place to which such voters have been reassigned. The election authority having jurisdiction over the precinct shall approve all administrative and polling place procedures. Such procedures shall take into account voter convenience, and ensure that the integrity of the election process is maintained and that the secrecy of the ballot is not violated.
    Except in the event of a fire, flood or total loss of heat in a place fixed or established by the Board of Election Commissioners pursuant to this Section as a polling place for an election, no election authority shall change the location of a polling place so established for any precinct after notice of the place of holding the election for that precinct has been given as required under Article 12 unless the election authority notifies all registered voters in the precinct of the change in location by first class mail in sufficient time for such notice to be received by the registered voters in the precinct at least one day prior to the date of the election.
(Source: P.A. 86-867.)

10 ILCS 5/11-4.1

    (10 ILCS 5/11-4.1) (from Ch. 46, par. 11-4.1)
    Sec. 11-4.1. (a) In appointing polling places under this Article, the county board or board of election commissioners shall, insofar as they are convenient and available, use schools and other public buildings as polling places.
    (b) Upon request of the county board or board of election commissioners, the proper agency of government (including school districts and units of local government) shall make a public building under its control available for use as a polling place on an election day and for a reasonably necessary time before and after election day, without charge. If the county board or board of election commissioners chooses a school to be a polling place, then the school district must make the school available for use as a polling place. However, for the day of the election, a school district is encouraged to (i) close the school or (ii) hold a teachers institute on that day with students not in attendance.
    (c) A government agency which makes a public building under its control available for use as a polling place shall (i) ensure the portion of the building to be used as the polling place is accessible to voters with disabilities and elderly voters and (ii) allow the election authority to administer the election as authorized under this Code.
    (d) If a qualified elector's precinct polling place is a school and the elector will be unable to enter that polling place without violating Section 11-9.3 of the Criminal Code of 2012 because the elector is a child sex offender as defined in Section 11-9.3 of the Criminal Code of 2012, that elector may vote by a vote by mail ballot in accordance with Article 19 of this Code or may vote early in accordance with Article 19A of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-773, eff. 7-18-14; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

10 ILCS 5/11-4.2

    (10 ILCS 5/11-4.2) (from Ch. 46, par. 11-4.2)
    Sec. 11-4.2. (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) all polling places shall be accessible to voters with disabilities and elderly voters, as determined by rule of the State Board of Elections.
    (b) Subsection (a) of this Section shall not apply to a polling place (1) in the case of an emergency, as determined by the State Board of Elections; or (2) if the State Board of Elections (A) determines that all potential polling places have been surveyed and no such accessible place is available, nor is the election authority able to make one accessible; and (B) assures that any voter with a disability or elderly voter assigned to an inaccessible polling place, upon advance request of such voter (pursuant to procedures established by rule of the State Board of Elections) will be provided with an alternative means for casting a ballot on the day of the election or will be assigned to an accessible polling place.
    (c) No later than December 31 of each even numbered year, the State Board of Elections shall report to the Federal Election Commission the number of accessible and inaccessible polling places in the State on the date of the next preceding general election, and the reasons for any instance of inaccessibility.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

10 ILCS 5/11-4.3

    (10 ILCS 5/11-4.3) (from Ch. 46, par. 11-4.3)
    Sec. 11-4.3. All polling places and permanent registration facilities shall have available registration and voting aids for persons with disabilities and elderly individuals including instructions, printed in large type, conspicuously displayed.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

10 ILCS 5/11-5

    (10 ILCS 5/11-5) (from Ch. 46, par. 11-5)
    Sec. 11-5. If any election district or precinct subject to the jurisdiction of a county board or a board of election commissioners in a city with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants, village or incorporated town casts more than 800 votes each at two consecutive general November elections for State officers, the state's attorney, upon the request of an elector in any such district or precinct, shall apply to the Circuit Court for relief by mandamus to compel the appropriate board to divide such district or precinct as required by law. Any relief so granted shall not apply to any election occurring within 60 days thereafter. If any election precinct subject to the jurisdiction of a board of election commissioners in a city with more than 500,000 inhabitants casts more than 600 votes at each of the two consecutive general November elections for State officers, the state's attorney, upon the request of an elector in any such precinct, shall apply to the Circuit Court for relief by mandamus to compel the appropriate board to divide such precinct as required by law. Any relief so granted shall not apply to any election occurring within 60 days thereafter.
(Source: P.A. 84-323.)

10 ILCS 5/11-5.1

    (10 ILCS 5/11-5.1) (from Ch. 46, par. 11-5.1)
    Sec. 11-5.1. The county board or board of election commissioners, as the case may be, responsible for the establishment of election precincts, shall include within some precinct any military establishment which is situated within the boundaries of the county or municipality, as the case may be.
(Source: P.A. 76-1830.)

10 ILCS 5/11-6

    (10 ILCS 5/11-6) (from Ch. 46, par. 11-6)
    Sec. 11-6. Within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, each election authority shall transmit to the principal office of the State Board of Elections and publish on any website maintained by the election authority maps in electronic portable document format (.PDF) showing the current boundaries of all the precincts within its jurisdiction. Whenever election precincts in an election jurisdiction have been redivided or readjusted, the county board or board of election commissioners shall prepare maps in electronic portable document format (.PDF) showing such election precinct boundaries no later than 90 days before the next scheduled election. The maps shall show the boundaries of all political subdivisions and districts. The county board or board of election commissioners shall immediately forward copies thereof to the chairman of each county central committee in the county, to each township, ward, or precinct committeeman, and each local election official whose political subdivision is wholly or partly in the county and, upon request, shall furnish copies thereof to each candidate for political or public office in the county and shall transmit copies thereof to the principal office of the State Board of Elections and publish copies thereof on any website maintained by the election authority.
(Source: P.A. 98-691, eff. 7-1-14.)

10 ILCS 5/11-7

    (10 ILCS 5/11-7) (from Ch. 46, par. 11-7)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 11-7. For the purpose of the conduct of any consolidated election, consolidated primary election, special municipal primary election or emergency referendum, an election authority may cluster up to four contiguous precincts as provided in this Section, which shall constitute a clustered voting zone. The common polling place for the clustered voting zone shall be located within the territory comprising the clustered precincts. Unless the election authority specifies a larger number, only one election judge shall be appointed for each of the precincts in each clustered voting zone.
    The judges so appointed may not all be affiliated with the same political party.
    The conduct of an election in a clustered voting zone shall be under the general supervision of all the judges of election designated to serve in the clustered voting zone. The designated judges may perform the duties of election judges for the entire clustered voting zone. However, the requirements of Section 17-14 shall apply to voter assistance, the requirements of Section 24-10 shall apply to voter instruction, the requirement of Section 24A-10 shall apply to examination of absentee ballots, and any disputes as to entitlement to vote, challenges, counting of ballots or other matters pertaining directly to voting shall be decided by those designated judges appointed for the precinct in which the affected voter resides or the disputed vote is to be counted.
    This Section does not apply to any elections in municipalities with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 90-358, eff. 1-1-98.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 11-7. For the purpose of the conduct of any consolidated election, consolidated primary election, special municipal primary election or emergency referendum, an election authority may cluster up to four contiguous precincts as provided in this Section, which shall constitute a clustered voting zone. The common polling place for the clustered voting zone shall be located within the territory comprising the clustered precincts. Unless the election authority specifies a larger number, only one election judge shall be appointed for each of the precincts in each clustered voting zone.
    The judges so appointed may not all be affiliated with the same political party.
    The conduct of an election in a clustered voting zone shall be under the general supervision of all the judges of election designated to serve in the clustered voting zone. The designated judges may perform the duties of election judges for the entire clustered voting zone. However, the requirements of Section 17-14 shall apply to voter assistance, the requirements of Section 24-10 shall apply to voter instruction, the requirement of Section 24A-10 shall apply to examination of vote by mail ballots, and any disputes as to entitlement to vote, challenges, counting of ballots or other matters pertaining directly to voting shall be decided by those designated judges appointed for the precinct in which the affected voter resides or the disputed vote is to be counted.
    This Section does not apply to any elections in municipalities with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

10 ILCS 5/Art. 12

 
    (10 ILCS 5/Art. 12 heading)
ARTICLE 12. NOTICE OF ELECTION