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ELECTIONS
(10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.

10 ILCS 5/17-13

    (10 ILCS 5/17-13) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-13)
    Sec. 17-13. (a) In the case of an emergency, as determined by the State Board of Elections, or if the Board determines that all potential polling places have been surveyed by the election authority and that no accessible polling place, as defined by rule of the State Board of Elections, is available within a precinct nor is the election authority able to make a polling place within the precinct temporarily accessible, the Board, upon written application by the election authority, is authorized to grant an exemption from the accessibility requirements of the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (Public Law 98-435). Such exemption shall be valid for a period of 2 years.
    (b) Any voter with a temporary or permanent disability who, because of structural features of the building in which the polling place is located, is unable to access or enter the polling place, may request that 2 judges of election of opposite party affiliation deliver a ballot to him or her at the point where he or she is unable to continue forward motion toward the polling place; but, in no case, shall a ballot be delivered to the voter beyond 50 feet of the entrance to the building in which the polling place is located. Such request shall be made to the election authority not later than the close of business at the election authority's office on the day before the election and on a form prescribed by the State Board of Elections. The election authority shall notify the judges of election for the appropriate precinct polling places of such requests.
    Weather permitting, 2 judges of election shall deliver to the voter with a disability the ballot which he or she is entitled to vote, a portable voting booth or other enclosure that will allow such voter to mark his or her ballot in secrecy, and a marking device.
    (c) The voter must complete the entire voting process, including the application for ballot from which the judges of election shall compare the voter's signature with the signature on his or her registration record card in the precinct binder.
    After the voter has marked his or her ballot and placed it in the ballot envelope (or folded it in the manner prescribed for paper ballots), the 2 judges of election shall return the ballot to the polling place and give it to the judge in charge of the ballot box who shall deposit it therein.
    Pollwatchers as provided in Sections 7-34 and 17-23 of this Code shall be permitted to accompany the judges and observe the above procedure.
    No assistance may be given to such voter in marking his or her ballot, unless the voter requests assistance and completes the affidavit required by Section 17-14 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

10 ILCS 5/17-14

    (10 ILCS 5/17-14) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-14)
    Sec. 17-14. Any voter who declares upon oath, properly witnessed and with his or her signature or mark affixed, that he or she requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, physical disability or inability to read, write or speak the English language shall, upon request, be assisted in marking his or her ballot, by 2 judges of election of different political parties, to be selected by all judges of election of each precinct at the opening of the polls or by a person of the voter's choice, other than the voter's employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter's union. A voter who presents an Illinois Person with a Disability Identification Card, issued to that person under the provisions of the Illinois Identification Card Act, indicating that such voter has a Class 1A or Class 2 disability under the provisions of Section 4A of the Illinois Identification Card Act, or a voter who declares upon oath, properly witnessed, that by reason of any physical disability he is unable to mark his ballot shall, upon request, be assisted in marking his ballot by 2 of the election officers of different parties as provided above in this Section or by a person of the voter's choice other than the voter's employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter's union. Such voter shall state specifically the reason why he cannot vote without assistance and, in the case of a voter with a physical disability, what his physical disability is. Prior to entering the voting booth, the person providing the assistance, if other than 2 judges of election, shall be presented with written instructions on how assistance shall be provided. This instruction shall be prescribed by the State Board of Elections and shall include the penalties for attempting to influence the voter's choice of candidates, party, or votes in relation to any question on the ballot and for not marking the ballot as directed by the voter. Additionally, the person providing the assistance shall sign an oath, swearing not to influence the voter's choice of candidates, party, or votes in relation to any question on the ballot and to cast the ballot as directed by the voter. The oath shall be prescribed by the State Board of Elections and shall include the penalty for violating this Section. In the voting booth, such person shall mark the ballot as directed by the voter, and shall thereafter give no information regarding the same. The judges of election shall enter upon the poll lists or official poll record after the name of any elector who received such assistance in marking his ballot a memorandum of the fact and if the disability is permanent. Intoxication shall not be regarded as a physical disability, and no intoxicated person shall be entitled to assistance in marking his ballot.
    No person shall secure or attempt to secure assistance in voting who is not blind, a person with a physical disability, or illiterate as herein provided, nor shall any person knowingly assist a voter in voting contrary to the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

10 ILCS 5/17-15

    (10 ILCS 5/17-15) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-15)
    Sec. 17-15. Any person entitled to vote at a general or special election or at any election at which propositions are submitted to a popular vote in this State, shall, on the day of such election, be entitled to absent himself from any services or employment in which he is then engaged or employed, for a period of 2 hours between the time of opening and closing the polls; and such voter shall not because of so absenting himself be liable to any penalty; Provided, however, that application for such leave of absence shall be made prior to the day of election. The employer may specify the hours during which said employee may absent himself as aforesaid, except that the employer must permit a 2-hour absence during working hours if the employee's working hours begin less than 2 hours after the opening of the polls and end less than 2 hours before the closing of the polls. No person or corporation shall refuse to an employee the privilege hereby conferred, nor shall subject an employee to a penalty, including a reduction in compensation due to an absence under this Section, because of the exercise of such privilege, nor shall directly or indirectly violate the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)

10 ILCS 5/17-16

    (10 ILCS 5/17-16) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-16)
    Sec. 17-16. If the voter marks more candidates than there are persons to be elected to an office, or if for any reason it is impossible to determine the voter's choice for any office to be filled, his ballot shall not be counted for such office, provided that if the name of a candidate appears in more than one column on the ballot as authorized by this Act, and a ballot has been marked in his or her favor in more than one column and the voter's intention is otherwise ascertainable, the candidate shall receive only one vote from such ballot and the remaining votes cast for him or her on such ballot shall not be counted. No ballot without the official endorsement shall be deposited in the ballot box, and none but ballots provided in accordance with the provisions of this Act shall be counted. Ballots not counted shall be marked "defective" on the back thereof, and ballots to which objection has been made by either of the judges or challengers shall be marked "objected to" on the back thereof, and a memorandum signed by the judges stating how it was counted shall be written upon the back of each ballot so marked, and all ballots marked defective or objected to shall be enclosed in an envelope securely sealed and so marked and endorsed as to clearly disclose its contents. The envelope to be used for enclosing ballots marked "defective" or "objected to" shall bear upon its face, in large type, the legend: "This envelope is for use after 7:00 P.M. only." The envelope to be used for enclosing ballots spoiled by voters while attempting to vote shall bear upon its face, in large type, the legend: "This envelope is for use before 7:00 P.M. only." All ballots not voted, and all that have been spoiled by voters while attempting to vote, shall be returned by the judges of election to the county clerk and a receipt taken therefor, and shall be preserved 2 months; the county clerk shall keep a record of the number of ballots delivered for each polling place, the name of the person to whom and the time when delivered, and he shall also enter upon such record the number and character of ballots returned, with the time when and the person by whom they are returned.
(Source: P.A. 84-861.)

10 ILCS 5/17-16.1

    (10 ILCS 5/17-16.1) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-16.1)
    Sec. 17-16.1. Write-in votes shall be counted only for persons who have filed notarized declarations of intent to be write-in candidates with the proper election authority or authorities not later than 61 days prior to the election. However, whenever an objection to a candidate's nominating papers or petitions for any office is sustained under Section 10-10 after the 61st day before the election, then write-in votes shall be counted for that candidate if he or she has filed a notarized declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for that office with the proper election authority or authorities not later than 7 days prior to the election.
    Forms for the declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate shall be supplied by the election authorities. Such declaration shall specify the office for which the person seeks election as a write-in candidate.
    The election authority or authorities shall deliver a list of all persons who have filed such declarations to the election judges in the appropriate precincts prior to the election.
    A candidate for whom a nomination paper has been filed as a partisan candidate at a primary election, and who is defeated for his or her nomination at the primary election is ineligible to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for election in that general or consolidated election.
    A candidate seeking election to an office for which candidates of political parties are nominated by caucus who is a participant in the caucus and who is defeated for his or her nomination at such caucus is ineligible to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for election in that general or consolidated election.
    A candidate seeking election to an office for which candidates are nominated at a primary election on a nonpartisan basis and who is defeated for his or her nomination at the primary election is ineligible to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for election in that general or consolidated election.
    Nothing in this Section shall be construed to apply to votes cast under the provisions of subsection (b) of Section 16-5.01.
(Source: P.A. 95-699, eff. 11-9-07.)

10 ILCS 5/17-17

    (10 ILCS 5/17-17) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-17)
    Sec. 17-17. After the opening of the polls no adjournment shall be had nor shall any recess be taken, until all the votes cast at such election have been counted and the result publicly announced, except that when necessary one judge at a time may leave the polling place for a reasonable time during the casting of ballots, and except that when a polling place is inaccessible to a voter with a disability, one team of 2 judges of opposite party affiliation may leave the polling place to deliver a ballot to such voter, as provided in Sections 7-47.1 and 17-13 of this Code. When a judge leaves and returns, such judge shall sign a time sheet indicating the length of the period such judge is absent from his duties. When absent, the judge shall authorize someone of the same political party as himself to act for him until he returns.
    Where voting machines or electronic voting systems are used, the provisions of this section may be modified as required or authorized by Article 24 or Article 24A, whichever is applicable.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

10 ILCS 5/17-18

    (10 ILCS 5/17-18) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-18)
    Sec. 17-18. Immediately upon closing the polls the judges shall proceed to canvass the votes polled. They shall first count the whole number of ballots in the box. If 2 or more ballots are folded together so as to appear to have been cast by the same person, all of the ballots so folded together shall be marked and returned with the other ballots in the same conditions, as near as may be, in which they were found when first opened, but shall not be counted. If the remaining ballots shall be found to exceed the number of applications for ballot, the ballots shall be replaced in the box, and the box closed and well shaken and again opened and one of the judges shall publicly draw out so many ballots unopened as shall be equal to such excess; and the number of the ballots agreeing with the poll lists, or being made to agree. Such excess ballots shall be marked "Excess-Not Counted" and signed by a majority of the judges and shall be placed in the "After 6:00 p.m. Defective Ballots Envelope". The number of excess ballots shall be noted in the remarks section of the Certificate of Results. "Excess" ballots shall not be counted in the total of "defective" ballots.
    The judges shall then proceed to count and record the votes; and when the judges of election shall open and read the ballots, 3 judges, with at least one from each political party from which the precinct judges were chosen, shall carefully and correctly mark down upon the three tally sheets the vote each candidate has received, in a separate box prepared for that purpose, with the name of such candidate at the head of such box, and the office designated by the votes such candidate shall fill. Whenever a proposition is submitted to the electors at the same election, the ballots for or against such proposition shall always be canvassed, counted or tallied. The votes shall be canvassed in the room or place where the election is held, and the judges shall not allow the ballot box, or any of the ballots, or the applications for ballot, or any of the tally sheets to be removed or carried away from such room or place, until the canvass of the vote is completed, and the returns carefully enveloped and sealed up as provided by law.
    Where voting machines or electronic voting systems are used, the provisions of this section may be modified as required or authorized by Article 24 or Article 24A, whichever is applicable.
(Source: P.A. 83-333.)

10 ILCS 5/17-18.1

    (10 ILCS 5/17-18.1) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-18.1)
    Sec. 17-18.1. Wherever the judicial retention ballot to be used in any general election contains the names of more than 15 judges on a separate paper ballot, the County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners as the case may be, shall designate special judges of election for the purpose of tallying and canvassing the votes cast for and against the propositions for the retention of judges in office in such places and at such times as the County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners determine. Special judges of election shall be designated from certified lists submitted by the respective chairmen of the county central committees of the two leading political parties. In the event that the County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners as the case may be, decides that the counting of the retention ballots shall be performed in the precinct where such ballots are cast, 2 special judges of election shall be designated to tally and canvass the vote of each precinct with one being named from each of the 2 leading political parties.
    In the event that the County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners decides that the judicial retention ballots from several precincts shall be tallied and canvassed in a central or common location, then each major political party shall be entitled to an equal number of special election judges in each such central or common location. The County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners, as the case may be, shall inform, no later than 75 days prior to such election, the respective chairmen of the county central committees of the location or locations where the counting of retention ballots will be done, the number of names to be included on the certified lists, and the number of special election judges to be selected from those lists. If the certified list for either party is not submitted within thirty days after the chairmen have been so informed, the County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners shall designate special judges of election for that party in whatever manner it determines.
    The County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners shall apply to the Circuit Court for the confirmation of the special judges of election designated under this Section. The court shall confirm or refuse to confirm such designations as the interest of the public may require. Those confirmed shall be officers of the court and subject to its disciplinary powers.
    The County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners shall, in the exercise of sound discretion, prescribe the forms, materials and supplies together with the procedures for completion and return thereof for use in such election by special judges of election. The special judges of election designated under this Section shall have full responsibility and authority for tallying and canvassing the votes pertaining to the retention of judges and the return of ballots and supplies.
    If the County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners decides that the counting of the retention ballots shall be performed in the precinct where such ballots were cast, at least 2 ballot boxes shall be provided for paper retention ballots, one of which shall be used from the opening of the polls until 9:00 a.m. and from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. and the second of which shall be used from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and from 3:00 p.m. until the closing of the polls; provided that if additional ballot boxes are provided, the additional boxes shall be used instead of reusing boxes used earlier. At the close of each such period of use, a ballot box used for retention ballots shall be immediately unsealed and opened and the ballots therein counted and tallied by the special judges of election. After counting and tallying the retention ballots, the special judges of election shall place the counted ballots in a container provided for that purpose by the County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners and clearly marked with the appropriate printing and shall thereupon seal such container. One such container shall be provided for each of the four time periods and clearly designated as the container for the respective period. The tally shall be recorded on sheets provided by the County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners and designated as tally sheets for the respective time periods. Before a ballot box may be reused, it shall in the presence of all of the judges of election be verified to be empty, whereupon it shall be resealed. After the close of the polls, and after the tally of votes cast by vote by mail voters, the special judges of election shall add together the tallies of all the ballot boxes used throughout the day, and complete the canvass of votes for retention of judges in the manner established by this Act. All of these procedures shall be carried out within the clear view of the other judges of election. The sealed containers of used retention ballots shall be returned with other voted ballots to the County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners in the manner provided by this Act.
    The compensation of a special judge of election may not exceed $30 per judge per precinct or district canvassed.
    This Section does not affect any other office or the conduct of any other election held at the same time as the election for the retention of judges in office.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

10 ILCS 5/17-19

    (10 ILCS 5/17-19) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-19)
    Sec. 17-19. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 77-1762. Repealed by P.A. 89-700, eff. 1-17-97.)

10 ILCS 5/17-19.2

    (10 ILCS 5/17-19.2) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-19.2)
    Sec. 17-19.2. Where a vacancy in nomination is filled pursuant to Section 7-61 or Section 10-11, the vote by mail votes cast for the original candidate on the first ballot shall not be counted. For this purpose, in those jurisdictions where electronic voting systems are used, the election authority shall determine a method by which the first ballots containing the name of the original candidate may be segregated from the revised ballots containing the name of the successor candidate and separately counted.
    Where a vacancy in nomination is not filled pursuant to Section 7-61 or Section 10-11, all votes cast for the original candidate shall be counted for such candidate.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

10 ILCS 5/17-20

    (10 ILCS 5/17-20) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-20)
    Sec. 17-20. When the canvass of the ballots has been completed, the tally judges shall announce to the judges the total number of votes received by each candidate; each judge of the election shall proclaim in a loud voice the total number of votes received by each of the persons voted for and the office for which he is designated, and the number of votes for and number of votes against any proposition which has been submitted to a vote of the people; such proclamation shall be prima facie evidence of the result of such canvass of the ballots.
    Immediately after making such proclamation the judges shall designate one of their number to go to the nearest telephone and report to the office of the county clerk the results announced in such proclamation. The county clerk in such counties shall keep his office open after the close of the polls on the day of any election and thereafter until he has received from each precinct in such county the report above provided for. Immediately upon receiving such report the county clerk shall cause the same to be posted in a public place in his office for inspection by the public. Immediately after making such report such judge shall return to the polling place.
    After making such proclamation and before separating, the judges of all counties shall fold or roll all of the ballots which have been counted by them, except those ballots which have been in the ballot box but have not been counted and marked "defective" or "objected to", securely bind them, lengthwise and in width, with a soft cord having a minimum tensile strength of 60 pounds, and wrap the same with heavy wrapping paper on which the judges of election shall write their signature and seal the package with filament over the signatures and around the package lengthwise and crosswise, at least twice each way, so that the ballots cannot be removed from the package without breaking the seal and the filament tape and disturbing the signatures, and enclose the ballots so wrapped, together with the envelope containing the ballots marked "defective" or "objected to", in a secure canvass covering, which the judges of election shall sign and seal with filament tape as above specified. The precinct judges of election shall elect 2 judges (one from each of the major political parties), who shall immediately return the ballots, in such sealed canvass covering, to the election authority who shall keep their respective offices, or any receiving stations designated by them, open for at least 12 consecutive hours after the polls close, or until the ballots from all precincts within the jurisdiction of any such election authority are returned to the office of such election authority, signed and sealed as above specified. Ballots returned to the office of an election authority which are not signed and sealed as above specified shall not be accepted until the judges returning the same sign and properly seal the same. Upon acceptance of the returned ballots by the election authority, the judges returning the same shall take a receipt signed by the election authority and stamped with the time and date of such return. The election judges whose duty it is to return any ballots as above provided shall, in the event such ballots cannot be found when needed, on proper request, produce the receipt which they are to take as above provided. Upon receiving the ballots so returned, the election authority shall carefully preserve the ballots for 2 months, subject to their examination in a discovery recount proceeding in accordance with law. However, where electronic voting systems are used, the apparatus or frame in which the ballot booklet is contained shall not be subject to the 2 month preservation requirement. At the expiration of that time such election authority shall remove the same from original package and shall destroy the same, together with all unused ballots returned from the polling places. If any contest of election is pending at such time in which such ballots may be required as evidence, and such election authority has notice thereof the same shall not be destroyed until after such contest is finally determined.
    Where voting machines or electronic voting systems are used, the provisions of this section may be modified as required or authorized by Article 24 or Article 24A, whichever is applicable.
(Source: P.A. 83-1362.)

10 ILCS 5/17-21

    (10 ILCS 5/17-21) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-21)
    Sec. 17-21. When the votes shall have been examined and counted, the judges shall set down on a sheet or return form to be supplied to them, the name of every person voted for, written or printed at full length, the office for which such person received such votes, and the number he did receive and such additional information as is necessary to complete, as nearly as circumstances will admit, the following form, to-wit:
TALLY SHEET AND CERTIFICATE OF
RESULTS
    We do hereby certify that at the .... election held in the precinct hereinafter (general or special) specified on (insert date), a total of .... voters requested and received ballots and we do further certify:
    Number of blank ballots delivered to us ....
    Number of vote by mail ballots delivered to us ....
    Total number of ballots delivered to us ....
    Number of blank and spoiled ballots returned.
    (1) Total number of ballots cast (in box)....
    .... Defective and Objected To ballots sealed in envelope
    (2) .... Total number of ballots cast (in box)
Line (2) equals line (1)
    We further certify that each of the candidates for representative in the General Assembly received the number of votes ascribed to him on the separate tally sheet.
    We further certify that each candidate received the number of votes set forth opposite his name or in the box containing his name on the tally sheet contained in the page or pages immediately following our signatures.
    The undersigned actually served as judges and counted the ballots at the election on the .... day of .... in the .... precinct of the (1) *township of ...., or (2) *City of ...., or (3) *.... ward in the city of .... and the polls were opened at 6:00 A.M. and closed at 7:00 P.M. Certified by us.
*Fill in either (1), (2) or (3)
        A B, ....(Address)
        C D, ....(Address)
        E F, ....(Address)
        G H, ....(Address)
        I J, ....(Address)
 
    Each tally sheet shall be in substantially one of the following forms:
--------------------------------------------------------------

Candidate's
Name ofCandidatesTotal
officeNamesVote5101520
--
UnitedJohn Smith7711
States
Senator
--
--

Names of candidates
Name ofand total vote
officefor each5101520
--
For UnitedJohn Smith
States
Senator

Total Vote..................
--
(Source: P.A. 98-463, eff. 8-16-13; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

10 ILCS 5/17-22

    (10 ILCS 5/17-22) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-22)
    Sec. 17-22. The judges of election shall make the tally sheet and certificate of results in triplicate. If, however, the number of established political parties, as defined in Section 10-2, exceeds 2, one additional copy shall be made for each established political party in excess of 2. One list of voters, or other proper return with such certificate written thereon, and accompanying tally sheet footed up so as to show the correct number of votes cast for each person voted for, shall be carefully enveloped and sealed up by the judges of election, 2 of whom (one from each of the 2 major political parties) shall immediately deliver same to the county clerk, or his deputy, at the office of the county clerk, or to an officially designated receiving station established by the county clerk where a duly authorized representative of the county clerk shall receive said envelopes for immediate transmission to the office of county clerk, who shall safely keep them. The other certificates of results and accompanying tally sheet shall be carefully enveloped and sealed up and duly directed, respectively, to the chairman of the county central committee of each then existing established political party, and by another of the judges of election deposited immediately in the nearest United States letter deposit. However, if any county chairman notifies the county clerk not later than 10 days before the election of his desire to receive the envelope addressed to him at the point and at the time same are delivered to the county clerk, his deputy or receiving station designee the envelopes shall be delivered to such county chairman or his designee immediately upon receipt thereof by the county clerk, his deputy or his receiving station designee. The person or persons so designated by a county chairman shall sign an official receipt acknowledging receipt of said envelopes. The poll book and tally list filed with the county clerk shall be kept one year, and certified copies thereof shall be evidence in all courts, proceedings and election contests. Before the returns are sealed up, as aforesaid, the judges shall compare the tally papers, footings and certificates and see that they are correct and duplicates of each other, and certify to the correctness of the same.
    At the consolidated election, the judges of election shall make a tally sheet and certificate of results for each political subdivision for which candidates or public questions are on the ballot at such election, and shall sign, seal in a marked envelope and deliver them to the county clerk with the other certificates of results herein required. Such tally sheets and certificates of results may be duplicates of the tally sheet and certificate of results otherwise required by this Section, showing all votes for all candidates and public questions voted for or upon in the precinct, or may be on separate forms prepared by the election authority and showing only those votes cast for candidates and public questions of each such political subdivision.
    Within 2 days of delivery of complete returns of the consolidated election, the county clerk shall transmit an original, sealed tally sheet and certificate of results from each precinct in his jurisdiction in which candidates or public questions of a political subdivision were on the ballot to the local election official of such political subdivision. Each local election official, within 24 hours of receipt of all of the tally sheets and certificates of results for all precincts in which candidates or public questions of his political subdivision were on the ballot, shall transmit such sealed tally sheets and certificates of results to the canvassing board for that political subdivision.
    In the case of referenda for the formation of a political subdivision, the tally sheets and certificates of results shall be transmitted by the county clerk to the circuit court that ordered the proposition submitted or to the officials designated by the court to conduct the canvass of votes. In the case of school referenda for which a regional superintendent of schools is responsible for the canvass of votes, the county clerk shall transmit the tally sheets and certificates of results to the regional superintendent of schools.
    Where voting machines or electronic voting systems are used, the provisions of this section may be modified as required or authorized by Article 24 or Article 24A, whichever is applicable.
    Only judges appointed under the provisions of subsection (a) of Section 13-4 or subsection (b) of Section 14-1 may make any delivery required by this Section from judges of election to a county clerk, or his or her deputy, at the office of the county clerk or to a county clerk's duly authorized representative at the county clerk's officially designated receiving station.
(Source: P.A. 96-1003, eff. 7-6-10.)

10 ILCS 5/17-22.1

    (10 ILCS 5/17-22.1) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-22.1)
    Sec. 17-22.1. Whenever a substitute judge is designated pursuant to Section 13-7 or Section 14-6 of this Act, the remaining judges shall sign a certificate setting forth the pertinent facts and shall transmit such certificate to the county clerk or board of election commissioners with the tally sheets.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 1083.)

10 ILCS 5/17-23

    (10 ILCS 5/17-23) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-23)
    Sec. 17-23. Pollwatchers in a general election shall be authorized in the following manner:
    (1) Each established political party shall be entitled to appoint two pollwatchers per precinct. Such pollwatchers must be affiliated with the political party for which they are pollwatching. For all elections, the pollwatchers must be registered to vote in Illinois.
    (2) Each candidate shall be entitled to appoint two pollwatchers per precinct. For all elections, the pollwatchers must be registered to vote in Illinois.
    (3) Each organization of citizens within the county or political subdivision, which has among its purposes or interests the investigation or prosecution of election frauds, and which shall have registered its name and address and the name and addresses of its principal officers with the proper election authority at least 40 days before the election, shall be entitled to appoint one pollwatcher per precinct. For all elections, the pollwatcher must be registered to vote in Illinois.
    (3.5) Each State nonpartisan civic organization within the county or political subdivision shall be entitled to appoint one pollwatcher per precinct, provided that no more than 2 pollwatchers appointed by State nonpartisan civic organizations shall be present in a precinct polling place at the same time. Each organization shall have registered the names and addresses of its principal officers with the proper election authority at least 40 days before the election. The pollwatchers must be registered to vote in Illinois. For the purpose of this paragraph, a "State nonpartisan civic organization" means any corporation, unincorporated association, or organization that:
        (i) as part of its written articles of incorporation,
    
bylaws, or charter or by separate written declaration, has among its stated purposes the provision of voter information and education, the protection of individual voters' rights, and the promotion of free and equal elections;
        (ii) is organized or primarily conducts its
    
activities within the State of Illinois; and
        (iii) continuously maintains an office or business
    
location within the State of Illinois, together with a current listed telephone number (a post office box number without a current listed telephone number is not sufficient).
    (4) In any general election held to elect candidates for the offices of a municipality of less than 3,000,000 population that is situated in 2 or more counties, a pollwatcher who is a resident of Illinois shall be eligible to serve as a pollwatcher in any poll located within such municipality, provided that such pollwatcher otherwise complies with the respective requirements of subsections (1) through (3) of this Section and is a registered voter in Illinois.
    (5) Each organized group of proponents or opponents of a ballot proposition, which shall have registered the name and address of its organization or committee and the name and address of its chairman with the proper election authority at least 40 days before the election, shall be entitled to appoint one pollwatcher per precinct. The pollwatcher must be registered to vote in Illinois.
    All pollwatchers shall be required to have proper credentials. Such credentials shall be printed in sufficient quantities, shall be issued by and under the facsimile signature(s) of the election authority or the State Board of Elections and shall be available for distribution by the election authority and State Board of Elections at least 2 weeks prior to the election. Such credentials shall be authorized by the real or facsimile signature of the State or local party official or the candidate or the presiding officer of the civic organization or the chairman of the proponent or opponent group, as the case may be. Neither the election authority nor the State Board of Elections may require any such party official or the candidate or the presiding officer of the civic organization or the chairman of the proponent or opponent group to submit the names or other information concerning pollwatchers before making credentials available to such persons or organizations.
    Pollwatcher credentials shall be in substantially the following form:
 
POLLWATCHER CREDENTIALS
TO THE JUDGES OF ELECTION:
    In accordance with the provisions of the Election Code, the undersigned hereby appoints .......... (name of pollwatcher) who resides at ........... (address) in the county of ..........., .......... (township or municipality) of ........... (name), State of Illinois and who is duly registered to vote from this address, to act as a pollwatcher in the ........... precinct of the ........... ward (if applicable) of the ........... (township or municipality) of ........... at the ........... election to be held on (insert date).
........................  (Signature of Appointing Authority)
......................... TITLE  (party official,  candidate,
                                civic organization president,
                        proponent or opponent group chairman)
 
    Under penalties provided by law pursuant to Section 29-10 of the Election Code, the undersigned pollwatcher certifies that he or she resides at ................ (address) in the county of ............, ......... (township or municipality) of ........... (name), State of Illinois, and is duly registered to vote in Illinois.
..........................             .......................
(Precinct and/or Ward in            (Signature of Pollwatcher)
Which Pollwatcher Resides)
 
    Pollwatchers must present their credentials to the Judges of Election upon entering the polling place. Pollwatcher credentials properly executed and signed shall be proof of the qualifications of the pollwatcher authorized thereby. Such credentials are retained by the Judges and returned to the Election Authority at the end of the day of election with the other election materials. Once a pollwatcher has surrendered a valid credential, he may leave and reenter the polling place provided that such continuing action does not disrupt the conduct of the election. Pollwatchers may be substituted during the course of the day, but established political parties, candidates and qualified civic organizations can have only as many pollwatchers at any given time as are authorized in this Article. A substitute must present his signed credential to the judges of election upon entering the polling place. Election authorities must provide a sufficient number of credentials to allow for substitution of pollwatchers. After the polls have closed pollwatchers shall be allowed to remain until the canvass of votes is completed; but may leave and reenter only in cases of necessity, provided that such action is not so continuous as to disrupt the canvass of votes.
    Candidates seeking office in a district or municipality encompassing 2 or more counties shall be admitted to any and all polling places throughout such district or municipality without regard to the counties in which such candidates are registered to vote. Actions of such candidates shall be governed in each polling place by the same privileges and limitations that apply to pollwatchers as provided in this Section. Any such candidate who engages in an activity in a polling place which could reasonably be construed by a majority of the judges of election as campaign activity shall be removed forthwith from such polling place.
    Candidates seeking office in a district or municipality encompassing 2 or more counties who desire to be admitted to polling places on election day in such district or municipality shall be required to have proper credentials. Such credentials shall be printed in sufficient quantities, shall be issued by and under the facsimile signature of the State Board of Elections or the election authority of the election jurisdiction where the polling place in which the candidate seeks admittance is located, and shall be available for distribution at least 2 weeks prior to the election. Such credentials shall be signed by the candidate.
    Candidate credentials shall be in substantially the following form:
 
CANDIDATE CREDENTIALS
    TO THE JUDGES OF ELECTION:
    In accordance with the provisions of the Election Code, I ...... (name of candidate) hereby certify that I am a candidate for ....... (name of office) and seek admittance to ....... precinct of the ....... ward (if applicable) of the ....... (township or municipality) of ....... at the ....... election to be held on (insert date).
.........................             .......................
(Signature of Candidate)              OFFICE FOR WHICH
                                      CANDIDATE SEEKS
                                      NOMINATION OR
                                      ELECTION
 
    Pollwatchers shall be permitted to observe all proceedings and view all reasonably requested records relating to the conduct of the election, provided the secrecy of the ballot is not impinged, and to station themselves in a position in the voting room as will enable them to observe the judges making the signature comparison between the voter application and the voter registration record card; provided, however, that such pollwatchers shall not be permitted to station themselves in such close proximity to the judges of election so as to interfere with the orderly conduct of the election and shall not, in any event, be permitted to handle election materials. Pollwatchers may challenge for cause the voting qualifications of a person offering to vote and may call to the attention of the judges of election any incorrect procedure or apparent violations of this Code.
    If a majority of the judges of election determine that the polling place has become too overcrowded with pollwatchers so as to interfere with the orderly conduct of the election, the judges shall, by lot, limit such pollwatchers to a reasonable number, except that each established or new political party shall be permitted to have at least one pollwatcher present.
    Representatives of an election authority, with regard to an election under its jurisdiction, the State Board of Elections, and law enforcement agencies, including but not limited to a United States Attorney, a State's attorney, the Attorney General, and a State, county, or local police department, in the performance of their official election duties, shall be permitted at all times to enter and remain in the polling place. Upon entering the polling place, such representatives shall display their official credentials or other identification to the judges of election.
    Uniformed police officers assigned to polling place duty shall follow all lawful instructions of the judges of election.
    The provisions of this Section shall also apply to supervised casting of vote by mail ballots as provided in Section 19-12.2 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

10 ILCS 5/17-24

    (10 ILCS 5/17-24) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-24)
    Sec. 17-24. All elections in cities, villages and incorporated towns which may have heretofore adopted or may hereafter adopt Article 6 of this Act shall be held in accordance with the provisions of said Article and Articles 14 and 18 and of those sections of this and other Articles hereof that specifically apply to such cities, villages and incorporated towns, except as to the manner of providing, printing and distributing ballots, the form of ballots, the arrangement and the furnishing of polling places and voting booths, and the manner of voting and the preserving of ballots, all of which shall be in conformity with the provisions of the foregoing Sections of this Article 17 and of Article 16 of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 2, p. 253.)

10 ILCS 5/17-25

    (10 ILCS 5/17-25) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-25)
    Sec. 17-25. The days upon which the general elections for members of the House of Representatives of this State shall hereafter be held shall be holidays, and shall for all purposes whatever as regards the presenting for payment or acceptance and of protesting and giving notice of the dishonor of bills of exchange, bank checks and promissory notes and as regards days of grace upon commercial paper, be treated and considered as is the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday; provided, that no other election day shall be treated and considered as a holiday.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 2, p. 253.)

10 ILCS 5/17-26

    (10 ILCS 5/17-26) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-26)
    Sec. 17-26. During the hours of election or a primary in any election precinct, or during the canvass of votes or of making returns thereof, no person shall bring, take, order or send into, or shall attempt to bring, take or send into any place of election or primary any distilled or spirituous liquors whatever; or shall, at any such time and place drink or partake of such liquor.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 2532.)

10 ILCS 5/17-27

    (10 ILCS 5/17-27) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-27)
    Sec. 17-27. The sale of liquor on national, State and local election days is governed by Section 6-14 of "An Act relating to alcoholic liquors", approved January 31, 1934, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

10 ILCS 5/17-28

    (10 ILCS 5/17-28) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-28)
    Sec. 17-28. No person shall, prior to an election or primary, knowingly destroy or deface any list of candidates posted in accordance with the provisions of The Election Code, nor, during any election or primary, knowingly deface, tear down, remove or destroy any card of instructions or specimen ballot printed and posted for the instruction of voters, nor knowingly remove or destroy any of the supplies or conveniences furnished to enable voters to prepare their ballots.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 2532.)

10 ILCS 5/17-29

    (10 ILCS 5/17-29) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-29)
    Sec. 17-29. (a) No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place, within 100 feet of any polling place, or, at the option of a church or private school, on any of the property of that church or private school that is a polling place; no person shall interrupt, hinder or oppose any voter while approaching within those areas for the purpose of voting. Judges of election shall enforce the provisions of this Section.
    (b) Election officers shall place 2 or more cones, small United States national flags, or some other marker a distance of 100 horizontal feet from each entrance to the room used by voters to engage in voting, which shall be known as the polling room. If the polling room is located within a building that is a private business, a public or private school, or a church or other organization founded for the purpose of religious worship and the distance of 100 horizontal feet ends within the interior of the building, then the markers shall be placed outside of the building at each entrance used by voters to enter that building on the grounds adjacent to the thoroughfare or walkway. If the polling room is located within a public or private building with 2 or more floors and the polling room is located on the ground floor, then the markers shall be placed 100 horizontal feet from each entrance to the polling room used by voters to engage in voting. If the polling room is located in a public or private building with 2 or more floors and the polling room is located on a floor above or below the ground floor, then the markers shall be placed a distance of 100 feet from the nearest elevator or staircase used by voters on the ground floor to access the floor where the polling room is located. The area within where the markers are placed shall be known as a campaign free zone, and electioneering is prohibited pursuant to this subsection. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, a church or private school may choose to apply the campaign free zone to its entire property, and, if so, the markers shall be placed near the boundaries on the grounds adjacent to the thoroughfares or walkways leading to the entrances used by the voters. If an election authority maintains a website, no later than 5 days before election day, each election authority shall post on its website the name and address of every polling place designated as a campaign free zone. This information shall be immediately provided to any person upon request, and a requester shall not be required to submit a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
    The area on polling place property beyond the campaign free zone, whether publicly or privately owned, is a public forum for the time that the polls are open on an election day. At the request of election officers any publicly owned building must be made available for use as a polling place. A person shall have the right to congregate and engage in electioneering on any polling place property while the polls are open beyond the campaign free zone, including but not limited to, the placement of temporary signs. This subsection shall be construed liberally in favor of persons engaging in electioneering on all polling place property beyond the campaign free zone for the time that the polls are open on an election day. At or near the door of each polling place, the election judges shall place signage indicating the proper entrance to the polling place. In addition, the election judges shall ensure that a sign identifying the location of the polling place is placed on a nearby public roadway. The State Board of Elections shall establish guidelines for the placement of polling place signage.
    (c) The regulation of electioneering on polling place property on an election day, including but not limited to the placement of temporary signs, is an exclusive power and function of the State. A home rule unit may not regulate electioneering and any ordinance or local law contrary to subsection (c) is declared void. This is a denial and limitation of home rule powers and functions under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

10 ILCS 5/17-30

    (10 ILCS 5/17-30) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-30)
    Sec. 17-30. Except as provided herein, each county shall provide for and pay the costs and expenses of all elections within the county other than within the jurisdiction of a municipal Board of Election Commissioners, as well as the costs expended within the jurisdiction of a municipal Board of Election Commissioners for the registration and canvassing of voters in even-numbered years. Each municipality with the first Board of Election Commissioners established within a county shall provide for and pay the costs and expenses of all elections within the jurisdiction of the Board of Election Commissioners. The State shall reimburse each county and municipality in the amount of the increase in compensation provided in Public Acts 81-850 and 81-1149 and by this amendatory Act of 1998.
    For each emergency referendum and each special election not conducted at the time of a regular election, each county and municipality responsible for paying for the costs and expenses shall directly pay for or be reimbursed by every other political subdivision for which officers or public questions are on the ballot within the jurisdiction of the election authority of such county or municipality except such costs and expenses as are required to be reimbursed by the State. For each primary election for the nomination of municipal officers held in a municipality with a population of 5000 or less in accordance with Article 7, the county in which such municipality is located shall be reimbursed by the municipality for all costs and expenses attributable to such primary election, except for those costs and expenses required to be reimbursed by the State. Each such political subdivision shall provide for and shall promptly pay such reimbursement of the total costs and expenses of that election attributable to its offices or propositions as the case may be, not including such costs and expenses as are required to be reimbursed by the State.
(Source: P.A. 90-672, eff. 7-31-98.)

10 ILCS 5/17-32

    (10 ILCS 5/17-32) (from Ch. 46, par. 17-32)
    Sec. 17-32. (1) The following shall be added together to determine the total costs and expenses of an emergency referendum or special election not conducted at the time of a regular election reimbursed to the county or municipality under the jurisdiction of a board of election commissioners by the political subdivisions:
    (a) The cost of printing and distributing ballots and other printed material used in or for the election;
    (b) The amounts paid to judges of election for election day duties;
    (c) Extra office expenses of the election authority, including (i) postage and (ii) compensation to temporary employees which are directly attributable to election day and the canvass of the votes of political subdivision candidates and propositions, whenever applicable;
    (d) The cost of election day supplies used in the election;
    (e) The cost of delivery and return of election day materials and supplies, including voting machines and voting devices used in connection with an electronic voting system; and
    (f) The cost of renting polling places, computers and any other property, the use of which is directly attributable to election day activities.
    (2) Any county of more than 1,000,000 inhabitants in which there is a municipal board of election commissioners shall reimburse that board for, or shall pay directly, the cost items hereinafter specified incurred by that board in relation to the territory within its jurisdiction for each general primary and general election and for any other election where such cost items are incurred or increased as a result of the certification of candidates or public questions by the county clerk to such board:
    (a) The cost of printing and distributing ballots;
    (b) The amounts paid to judges of election for election day duties;
    (c) Costs attributable to the canvass of votes;
    (d) The cost of delivery and return of election day materials and supplies, including voting devices and equipment used in conjunction with an electronic voting system; and
    (e) The cost of renting polling places, computers, and other property, the use of which is directly attributable to election day activities.
    However, the State shall pay the amount of the increase in compensation for judges of election, registrars and canvassers provided in Public Acts 81-850 and 81-1149.
(Source: P.A. 83-999.)