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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)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    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 handicapped 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 absentee ballot in accordance with Article 19 of this Code or may vote early in accordance with Article 19A of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13; 98-773, eff. 7-18-14.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    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 handicapped 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. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13; 98-773, eff. 7-18-14; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

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 handicapped 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 handicapped 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. 84-808.)

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 handicapped and elderly individuals including instructions, printed in large type, conspicuously displayed.
(Source: P.A. 84-808.)

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

10 ILCS 5/12-1

    (10 ILCS 5/12-1) (from Ch. 46, par. 12-1)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 12-1. At least 60 days prior to each general and consolidated election, the election authority shall provide public notice, calculated to reach elderly and handicapped voters, of the availability of registration and voting aids under the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, of the availability of assistance in marking the ballot, procedures for voting by absentee ballot, and procedures for voting early by personal appearance.
    At least 30 days before any general election, and at least 20 days before any special congressional election, the county clerk shall publish a notice of the election in 2 or more newspapers published in the county, city, village, incorporated town or town, as the case may be, or if there is no such newspaper, then in any 2 or more newspapers published in the county and having a general circulation throughout the community. The notice may be substantially as follows:
    Notice is hereby given that on (give date), at (give the place of holding the election and the name of the precinct or district) in the county of (name county), an election will be held for (give the title of the several offices to be filled), which election will be open at 6:00 a.m. and continued open until 7:00 p.m. of that day.
    Dated at .... on (insert date).
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 12-1. At least 60 days prior to each general and consolidated election, the election authority shall provide public notice, calculated to reach elderly and handicapped voters, of the availability of registration and voting aids under the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, of the availability of assistance in marking the ballot, procedures for voting by vote by mail ballot, and procedures for voting early by personal appearance.
    At least 30 days before any general election, and at least 20 days before any special congressional election, the county clerk shall publish a notice of the election in 2 or more newspapers published in the county, city, village, incorporated town or town, as the case may be, or if there is no such newspaper, then in any 2 or more newspapers published in the county and having a general circulation throughout the community. The notice may be substantially as follows:
    Notice is hereby given that on (give date), at (give the place of holding the election and the name of the precinct or district) in the county of (name county), an election will be held for (give the title of the several offices to be filled), which election will be open at 6:00 a.m. and continued open until 7:00 p.m. of that day.
    Dated at .... on (insert date).
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

10 ILCS 5/12-3

    (10 ILCS 5/12-3) (from Ch. 46, par. 12-3)
    Sec. 12-3. In any city, village or incorporated town operating under Article 6 of this Act, the Board of Election Commissioners shall give timely notice through the press of the time and place of election in each precinct or consolidated area of such city, village or incorporated town.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 2492.)

10 ILCS 5/12-4

    (10 ILCS 5/12-4) (from Ch. 46, par. 12-4)
    Sec. 12-4. Not more than 30 nor less than 10 days prior to the date of the consolidated and nonpartisan elections, each election authority shall publish notice of the election of officers of each political subdivision to be conducted in his or its jurisdiction on such election date. The notice of election shall be published once in one or more newspapers published in each political subdivision, and if there is no such newspaper, then published once in a local, community newspaper having general circulation in the subdivision, and also once in a newspaper published in the county wherein the political subdivisions or portions thereof, having such elections are situated.
    The notice shall be substantially in the form prescribed in Section 12-1, and may include notice of the location of the precincts and polling places within or including part of the political subdivision in which the election is to be conducted.
    Not less than 10 days before each such election, the election authority shall publish notice of the precincts and the location of the polling places where the election will be conducted for political subdivisions wholly or partially within its jurisdiction. The election authority shall cause publication in the manner heretofore prescribed for the notice of election.
(Source: P.A. 81-963.)

10 ILCS 5/12-5

    (10 ILCS 5/12-5) (from Ch. 46, par. 12-5)
    Sec. 12-5. Notice for public questions. For all elections held after July 1, 1999, notice of public questions shall be required only as set forth in this Section or as set forth in Section 17-3 or 19-3 of the School Code. Not more than 30 days nor less than 10 days before the date of a regular election at which a public question is to be submitted to the voters of a political or governmental subdivision, and at least 20 days before an emergency referendum, the election authority shall publish notice of the referendum. The notice shall be published once in a local, community newspaper having general circulation in the political or governmental subdivision. The notice shall also be given at least 10 days before the date of the election by posting a copy of the notice at the principal office of the election authority. The local election official shall also post a copy of the notice at the principal office of the political or governmental subdivision, or if there is no principal office at the building in which the governing body of the political or governmental subdivision held its first meeting of the calendar year in which the referendum is being held. The election authority and the political or governmental subdivision may, but are not required to, post the notice electronically on their World Wide Web pages. The notice, which shall appear over the name or title of the election authority, shall be substantially in the following form:
        NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at the election to be
    
held on (insert day of the week), (insert date of election), the following proposition will be submitted to the voters of (name of political or governmental subdivision):
    (insert the public question as it will appear on the
    
ballot)
        The polls at the election will be open at 6:00
    
o'clock A.M. and will continue to be open until 7:00 o'clock P.M. of that day.
        Dated (date of notice)
        (Name or title of the election authority)
The notice shall also include any additional information required by the statute authorizing the public question. The notice may include an explanation, in neutral and plain language, of the question and its purposes supplied by the governing body of the political or governmental subdivision to whose voters the question is to be submitted. The notice shall set forth the precincts and polling places at which the referendum will be conducted only in the case of emergency referenda.
(Source: P.A. 92-6, eff. 6-7-01; 93-847, eff. 7-30-04.)

10 ILCS 5/12-6

    (10 ILCS 5/12-6) (from Ch. 46, par. 12-6)
    Sec. 12-6. Whenever a requirement in this Code for the publication of any notice of an election cannot be complied with because of the absence of any qualified newspaper of local or general circulation in accordance with such requirements, notice shall be given by posting the required notice in 5 public places in the political subdivision. Notwithstanding any other publication of notice requirement, notice of municipal elections and referenda in municipalities with a population of less than 500 persons may be given by posting the required notice in 5 public places in the municipality in lieu of publication.
(Source: P.A. 81-963.)

10 ILCS 5/Art. 12A

 
    (10 ILCS 5/Art. 12A heading)
ARTICLE 12A.
VOTERS' GUIDES
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)

10 ILCS 5/12A-2

    (10 ILCS 5/12A-2)
    Sec. 12A-2. Definitions. As used in this Article, unless the context otherwise requires:
    "Board" means the State Board of Elections.
    "Internet Guide" refers to information disseminated by the State Board of Elections on a website, pursuant to Section 12A-5.
    "Local election authority" means a county clerk or board of election commissioners.
    "Public question" or "question" means any question, proposition, or referendum submitted to the voters under Article 28 of this Code.
    "Statewide candidate" means any candidate who runs for a statewide office, including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Comptroller, United States President, or United States Senator.
    "Voters' guide" means any information disseminated by the State Board of Elections pursuant to Section 12A-5.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)

10 ILCS 5/12A-5

    (10 ILCS 5/12A-5)
    Sec. 12A-5. Internet Guide. The Board shall publish, no later than the 45th day before a general election in which a statewide candidate appears on the ballot, an Internet website with the following information:
        (1) The date and time of the general election.
        (2) Requirements for a citizen to qualify as an
    
elector.
        (3) The deadline for registering as an elector in the
    
State of Illinois for the next election.
        (4) Contact information for local election
    
authorities.
        (5) A description of the following offices, when they
    
appear on the ballot, including their term of office, basic duties, and base salary: United States President, United States Senator, United States Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Comptroller, Illinois Supreme Court Judge, and Illinois Appellate Court Judge. The Board shall not include information on any office other than the offices listed in this item (5).
        (6) The names and party affiliations of qualified
    
candidates for the following offices, when these offices appear on the ballot: United States President, United States Senator, United States Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Comptroller, Illinois Supreme Court Judge, and Illinois Appellate Court Judge. The Board shall not include information on candidates for any office other than the offices listed in this item (6).
        (7) Challenged candidates. Where a candidate's right
    
to appear on the general election ballot has been challenged, and any appeal remains pending regarding those challenges, the challenged candidate may appear on the Internet Guide, subject to the other provisions of Section 12A-10. In this instance, the Board may note that the candidate's candidacy has been challenged and that he or she may be removed from the ballot prior to election day. If the candidate is removed from the ballot prior to election day, the Board shall remove the candidate's name and other information from the Internet Guide.
        (8) Any personal statement and photograph submitted
    
by a candidate named in the Internet Guide, subject to Sections 12A-10 and 12A-35.
        (9) A means by which an elector may determine what
    
type of balloting equipment is used by his or her local election authority, and the instructions for properly using that equipment.
        (10) The text of any public question that may appear
    
on the ballot.
        (11) A mechanism by which electors may determine in
    
which congressional and judicial districts they reside. The Internet Guide shall allow visitors to search for candidates by office (e.g., Governor or United States Senator) and candidate's name.
        (12) Information concerning how to become an election
    
judge.
    The Board shall archive the contents of the Internet Guide for a period of at least 5 years.
    In addition, the Board has the discretion to publish a voters' guide before a general primary election in the manner provided in this Article.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)

10 ILCS 5/12A-10

    (10 ILCS 5/12A-10)
    Sec. 12A-10. Candidate statements and photographs in the Internet Guide.
    (a) Any candidate whose name appears in the Internet Guide may submit a written statement and a photograph to appear in the Internet Guide, provided that:
        (1) No personal statement may exceed a brief
    
biography (name, age, education, and current employment) and an additional 400 words.
        (2) Personal statements may include contact
    
information for the candidate, including the address and phone number of the campaign headquarters, and the candidate's website.
        (3) Personal statements may not mention a candidate's
    
opponents by name.
        (4) No personal statement may include language that
    
may not be legally sent through the mail.
        (5) The photograph shall be a conventional photograph
    
with a plain background and show only the face, or the head, neck, and shoulders, of the candidate.
        (6) The photograph shall not (i) show the candidate's
    
hands, anything in the candidate's hands, or the candidate wearing a judicial robe, a hat, or a military, police, or fraternal uniform or (ii) include the uniform or insignia of any organization.
    (b) The Board must note in the text of the Internet Guide that personal statements were submitted by the candidate or his or her designee and were not edited by the Board.
    (c) Where a candidate declines to submit a statement, the Board may note that the candidate declined to submit a statement.
    (d) (Blank.)
    (e) Anyone other than the candidate submitting a statement or photograph from a candidate must attest that he or she is doing so on behalf and at the direction of the candidate. The Board may assess a civil fine of no more than $1,000 against a person or entity who falsely submits a statement or photograph not authorized by the candidate.
    (f) Nothing in this Article makes the author of any statement exempt from any civil or criminal action because of any defamatory statements offered for posting or contained in the Internet Guide. The persons writing, signing, or offering a statement for inclusion in the Internet Guide are deemed to be its authors and publishers, and the Board shall not be liable in any case or action relating to the content of any material submitted by any candidate.
    (g) The Board may set reasonable deadlines for the submission of personal statements and photographs.
    (h) The Board may set formats for the submission of statements and photographs. The Board may require that statements and photographs are submitted in an electronic format.
    (i) Fines collected pursuant to subsection (e) of this Section shall be deposited into the Voters' Guide Fund, a special fund created in the State treasury. Moneys in the Voters' Guide Fund shall be appropriated solely to the State Board of Elections for use in the implementation and administration of this Article 12A.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05; 95-699, eff. 11-9-07.)

10 ILCS 5/12A-15

    (10 ILCS 5/12A-15)
    Sec. 12A-15. Language. The Board may translate all of the material it is required to provide for the Internet Guide into other languages as it deems necessary to comply with the federal Voting Rights Act or at its discretion. Visitors to the site shall have the option of viewing the Guide in all languages into which the Guide has been translated. Candidates may, at their option and expense, submit statements in languages other than English. The Board shall not be responsible for translating candidate statements.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)

10 ILCS 5/12A-35

    (10 ILCS 5/12A-35)
    Sec. 12A-35. Board's review of candidate photograph and statement; procedure for revision.
    (a) If a candidate files a photograph and statement under item (8) of Section 12A-5 in a voters' guide, the Board shall review the photograph and statement to ensure that they comply with the requirements of Section 12A-10. Review by the Board under this Section shall be limited to determining whether the photograph and statement comply with the requirements of Section 12A-10 and may not include any determination relating to the accuracy or truthfulness of the substance or contents of the materials filed.
    (b) The Board shall review each photograph and statement. If the Board determines that the photograph or statement of a candidate must be revised in order to comply with the requirements of Section 12A-10, the Board shall attempt to contact the candidate. A candidate contacted by the Board under this Section may file a revised photograph or statement no later than the 5th business day following notification .
    (c) If the Board is required to attempt to contact a candidate under subsection (b) of this Section, the Board shall attempt to contact the candidate by telephone or by using an electronic transmission facsimile machine, if such contact information is provided by the candidate.
    (d) If the Board is unable to contact a candidate, if the candidate does not file a revised photograph or statement, or if the revised filing under subsection (b) again fails to meet the standards of review set by the Board:
        (1) If a photograph does not comply with Section
    
12A-10, the Board may modify the photograph. The candidate shall pay the expense of any modification before publication of the photograph in the voters' guide. If the photograph cannot be modified to comply with Section 12A-10, the photograph shall not be printed in the guide.
        (2) If a statement does not comply with Section
    
12A-10, the statement shall not be published in the voters' guide.
    (e) If the photograph or statement of a candidate filed under item (8) of Section 12A-5 does not comply with a requirement of Section 12A-10 and the Board does not attempt to contact the candidate by the deadline specified in subsection (b) of this Section, then, for purposes of this Section only, the photograph or statement shall be published as filed.
    (f) A candidate revising a photograph or statement under this Section shall make only those revisions necessary to comply with Section 12A-10.
    (g) The Board may by rule define the term "contact" as used in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05; 95-699, eff. 11-9-07.)