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ELECTIONS10 ILCS 5/1-9.1
(10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.
(10 ILCS 5/1-9.1)
Ballot counting information dissemination.
Each election authority maintaining a website must provide 24-hour notice on its website of the date, time, and location of the analysis, processing, and counting of all ballot forms. Each election authority must notify any political party or pollwatcher of the same information 24 hours before the count begins if such political party or pollwatcher has requested to be notified. Notification may be by electronic mail at the address provided by the requester.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15
10 ILCS 5/1-9.2
(10 ILCS 5/1-9.2)
Uncounted ballot information on website.
No later than 48 hours after the closing of polling locations on election day, each election authority maintaining a website shall post the number of ballots that remain uncounted. The posting shall separate the number of ballots yet to be counted into the following categories: ballots cast on election day, early voting ballots, provisional ballots, vote by mail ballots received by the election authority but not counted, and vote by mail ballots sent by the election authority but have not been returned to the election authority. This information shall be updated on the website of the election authority each day until the period for counting provisional and vote by mail ballots has ended. All election authorities, regardless of whether they maintain a website, shall share the same information, separated in the same manner, with the State Board of Elections no later than 48 hours after the closing of polling locations on election day and each business day thereafter until the period for counting provisional and vote by mail ballots has ended.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15
10 ILCS 5/1-10
(10 ILCS 5/1-10)
Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the
State Board of Elections in
evaluating the feasibility of any new voting system shall seek and accept
public comment from persons with disabilities, including but not
limited to organizations of the blind.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)
10 ILCS 5/1-11
(10 ILCS 5/1-11)
(Source: P.A. 97-766, eff. 7-6-12. Repealed internally, eff. 5-31-13.)
10 ILCS 5/1-12
(10 ILCS 5/1-12)
Public university voting.
(a) Each appropriate election authority shall, in addition to the early voting conducted at locations otherwise required by law, conduct early voting, grace period registration, and grace period voting at the student union on the campus of a public university within the election authority's jurisdiction. The voting required by this subsection (a) to be conducted on campus must be conducted from the 6th day before a general primary or general election until and including the 4th day before a general primary or general election from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and as otherwise required by Article 19A of this Code, except that the voting required by this subsection (a) need not be conducted during a consolidated primary or consolidated election. If an election authority has voting equipment that can accommodate a ballot in every form required in the election authority's jurisdiction, then the election authority shall extend early voting and grace period registration and voting under this Section to any registered voter in the election authority's jurisdiction. However, if the election authority does not have voting equipment that can accommodate a ballot in every form required in the election authority's jurisdiction, then the election authority may limit early voting and grace period registration and voting under this Section to voters in precincts where the public university is located and precincts bordering the university. Each public university shall make the space available at the student union for, and cooperate and coordinate with the appropriate election authority in, the implementation of this subsection (a).
(c) For the purposes of this Section, "public university" means the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Chicago State University, Governors State University, Southern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and Northeastern Illinois University.
(d) For the purposes of this Section, "student union" means the Student Center at 750 S. Halsted on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus; the Public Affairs Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield or a new building completed after the effective date of this Act housing student government at the University of Illinois at Springfield; the Illini Union at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the SIUC Center at the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale campus; the Morris University Center at the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville campus; the University Union at the Western Illinois University at the Macomb campus; the Holmes Student Center at the Northern Illinois University campus; the University Union at the Eastern Illinois University campus; NEIU Student Union at the Northeastern Illinois University campus; the Bone Student Center at the Illinois State University campus; the Cordell Reed Student Union at the Chicago State University campus; and the Hall of Governors in Building D at the Governors State University campus.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13; 98-691, eff. 7-1-14; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15
10 ILCS 5/1-15
(10 ILCS 5/1-15)
Procedures for the disposal of election records.
This Code is subject to the provisions of Section 14a of the Local Records Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-475, eff. 8-14-09.)
10 ILCS 5/1-20
(10 ILCS 5/1-20)
(Source: P.A. 96-1008, eff. 7-6-10. Repealed internally, eff. 3-2-11.)
10 ILCS 5/Art. 1A
(10 ILCS 5/Art. 1A heading)
STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS
10 ILCS 5/1A-1
(10 ILCS 5/1A-1)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-1)
A State Board of Elections is hereby established which shall have
general supervision over the administration of the registration and
election laws throughout the State, and shall perform only such duties as
are or may hereafter be prescribed by law.
(Source: P.A. 78-918.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-2
(10 ILCS 5/1A-2)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-2)
The State Board of Elections shall consist of 8 members, 4 of whom shall
be residents of Cook County and 4 of whom shall be residents of the State
outside of Cook County. Of the 4 members from each area of required residence,
2 shall be affiliated with the same political party as the Governor, and
2 shall be affiliated with the political party whose nominee for Governor
in the most recent general election received the second highest number of
votes. Members shall be persons who have extensive knowledge of the election
laws of this State.
(Source: P.A. 80-1178.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-2.1
(10 ILCS 5/1A-2.1)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-2.1)
Each member of the State Board of Elections, before entering upon his
duties, shall subscribe to the Constitutional oath and shall give an
official bond in the penal sum of $100,000, with a corporate surety or
individual sureties approved by the Governor, conditioned upon the faithful
discharge of the duties of his office. The bond and oath shall be filed
with the office of the Secretary of State within 10 days after the
(Source: P.A. 78-918.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-3
(10 ILCS 5/1A-3)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-3)
Subject to the confirmation requirements of Section 1A-4, 4
members of the State Board of Elections shall be appointed in each odd-numbered
year as follows:
(1) The Governor shall appoint 2 members of the same political party with
which he is affiliated, one from each area of required residence.
(2) The Governor shall appoint 2 members of the political party whose
candidate for Governor in the most recent general election received the
second highest number of votes, one from each area of required residence,
from a list of nominees submitted by the first state executive officer in
the order indicated herein affiliated with such political party: Attorney
General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer.
If none of the State executive officers listed herein is affiliated with
such political party, the nominating State officer shall be the first State
executive officer in the order indicated herein affiliated with an
established political party other than that of the Governor.
(3) The nominating state officer shall submit in writing to the Governor
3 names of qualified persons for each membership on the Board of Election to be
appointed from the political party of that officer. The Governor may reject
any or all of the nominees on any such list and may request an additional
list. The second list shall be submitted by the nominating officer and
shall contain 3 new names of qualified persons for each remaining appointment,
except that if the Governor expressly reserves any nominee's name from the
first list, that nominee shall not be replaced on the second list. The
second list shall be final.
(4) Whenever all the state executive officers designated in paragraph
(2) are affiliated with the same political party as that of the Governor,
all 4 members of the Board to be appointed that year, from both designated
political parties, shall be appointed by the Governor without nominations.
(5) The Governor shall submit in writing to the President of the Senate
the name of each person appointed to the State Board of Elections, and shall
designate the term for which the appointment is made and the name of the
member whom the appointee is to succeed.
(6) The appointments shall be made and submitted by the Governor no later
than April 1 and a nominating state officer required to submit a list of
nominees to the Governor pursuant to paragraph (3) shall submit a list no
later than March 1.
(7) In the appointment of the initial members of the Board pursuant to
this amendatory Act of 1978, the provisions of paragraphs (1), (2), (3),
(5) and (6) of this Section shall apply except that the Governor shall appoint
all 8 members, 2 from each of the designated political parties from each
area of required residence.
(Source: P.A. 85-958.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-3.1
(10 ILCS 5/1A-3.1)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-3.1)
Of the members initially appointed to the State Board of Elections pursuant
to this amendatory Act of 1978, one member affiliated with each political
party from each area of required residence shall serve a term commencing
July 1, 1978 and ending June 30, 1979, and the other initial members shall
serve terms commencing July 1, 1978 and ending June 30, 1981.
Notwithstanding any provision in this Section to the contrary, the term
of office of each member of the State Board of Elections is abolished on
the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1985.
Subject to the confirmation requirements of Section 1A-4, 8
members of the State Board of Elections shall be appointed in accordance
with the provisions of Section 1A-3, except that the Governor shall appoint
4 members of the same political party with which he is affiliated and 4
members of the political party whose candidate for Governor in the most
recent general election received the second highest number of votes and
except that a nominating State officer shall submit to the Governor
his required list of nominees within 15 days after the current terms of
office are abolished and the Governor shall make appointments within 30
days after the current terms of office are abolished.
Of the members initially appointed to the State Board of Elections pursuant to
this amendatory Act of 1985, one member affiliated with each political
party for each area of required residence shall serve a term commencing
July 1, 1985, and ending July 1, 1987, and the other initial members shall
serve terms commencing July 1, 1985, and ending July 1, 1989.
The terms of subsequent members of the State Board of Elections shall be
4 years commencing on July 1 of the year in which the appointments are made.
A member shall serve until his successor is duly appointed and has qualified.
No appointee shall enter upon the duties of his office until all members
required to be appointed in that year have been confirmed by the Senate
by record vote pursuant to Section 1A-4.
(Source: P.A. 84-115.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-4
(10 ILCS 5/1A-4)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-4)
All appointments of members to the State Board of Elections
shall be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate pursuant to this
Section. Appointments by the Governor pursuant to paragraphs (1), (2) and
(7) of Section 1A-3 shall require the advice and consent of a 3/5 vote of
the members elected to the Senate. Appointments by the Governor pursuant
to paragraph (4) of Section 1A-3 shall require the advice and consent of
a 2/3 vote of the members elected to the Senate.
The Senate shall confirm or reject appointments within 30 session days
or 60 calendar days after they are submitted by the Governor, whichever
occurs first. Except in the case of appointments to fill vacancies,
the confirmation time period specified in this Section shall not commence
until all appointments required to be made in that year have been submitted
by the Governor.
(Source: P.A. 80-1178.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-5
(10 ILCS 5/1A-5)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-5)
An appointment to fill each vacancy on the
State Board of Elections shall be made pursuant to the appropriate paragraph
of Section 1A-3 in the same manner as the appointment of members for new terms.
Each appointment to fill a vacancy shall
be for the completion of the term of that position.
The Governor shall make an appointment to fill each vacancy and shall submit
it to the President of the Senate within 30 days of the occurrence of the
vacancy, or within 30 days of the submission of a list of nominees to him
pursuant to paragraph (3) of Section 1A-3, whichever is later. A nominating
state officer shall submit to the Governor his required list of nominees
to fill a vacancy within 15 days of the occurrence of the vacancy. If the
Governor does not fill a vacancy required to be filled pursuant to paragraph
(3) of Section 1A-3 within the required 30 days, the nominating state officer
shall make the appointment from among the nominees he previously
(Source: P.A. 80-1178.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-6
(10 ILCS 5/1A-6)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-6)
One member of the State Board of Elections shall be elected by
the members of the Board to be chairman and shall serve as chairman of
the Board for a term ending June 30, 1979. On July 1 of 1979 and on July
1 of each odd-numbered year thereafter, a chairman shall be elected by
the members of the Board for a 2 year term ending June 30 of the next
odd-numbered year. If July 1 of any odd-numbered year does not fall on a
business day, said election shall be held on the first business day
thereafter. The chairman elected for each 2 year term shall not be of
the same political party affiliation as the prior chairman. Whenever a
vacancy occurs in the office of chairman, a new chairman of the same political
party affiliation shall be
elected for the remainder of the vacating chairman's term. Whenever a
chairman is elected, the Board shall elect from among its members, a
vice chairman who shall not be of the same political party affiliation
as the chairman.
Upon the confirmation of all of the members of the State Board of Elections
initially appointed under the amendatory Act of 1978, the Governor shall
designate one of the members as interim chairman who shall preside over
the Board until a chairman is elected pursuant to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 80-1178
10 ILCS 5/1A-6.1
(10 ILCS 5/1A-6.1)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-6.1)
The chairman of the State Board of Elections shall preside
at all meetings of the Board, except that the vice chairman shall preside
at any meeting when the chairman is absent. The salary of the chairman
shall be $25,000 per year, or as set by the Compensation Review Board,
whichever is greater, and the salary of the vice-chairman shall be $20,000
per year, or as set by the Compensation Review Board, whichever is
greater. The salary of the other Board members
shall be $15,000 per year, or as set by the Compensation Review Board,
whichever is greater. Each member shall be reimbursed for actual expenses
incurred in the performance of his duties.
(Source: P.A. 83-1177.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-7
(10 ILCS 5/1A-7)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-7)
The State Board of Elections shall meet at such time or times as the
chairman or any 4 members shall direct, but at least once per month.
Five members of the Board are necessary to constitute a quorum and 5 votes
are necessary for any action of the Board
to become effective, including the appointment of the executive director, the
employment of technical consultants and the employment of other persons.
If a quorum is present at a meeting of the Board, one of the members
present may vote for the absent member pursuant to a written proxy
signed by the absent member. A member voting by proxy who is not in
attendance may not be counted towards the presence of a quorum.
(Source: P.A. 80-1178.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-8
(10 ILCS 5/1A-8)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-8)
The State Board of Elections shall exercise the following
powers and perform the following duties in addition to any powers or duties
otherwise provided for by law:
(1) Assume all duties and responsibilities of the
State Electoral Board and the Secretary of State as heretofore provided in this Act;
(2) Disseminate information to and consult with
election authorities concerning the conduct of elections and registration in accordance with the laws of this State and the laws of the United States;
(3) Furnish to each election authority prior to each
primary and general election and any other election it deems necessary, a manual of uniform instructions consistent with the provisions of this Act which shall be used by election authorities in the preparation of the official manual of instruction to be used by the judges of election in any such election. In preparing such manual, the State Board shall consult with representatives of the election authorities throughout the State. The State Board may provide separate portions of the uniform instructions applicable to different election jurisdictions which administer elections under different options provided by law. The State Board may by regulation require particular portions of the uniform instructions to be included in any official manual of instructions published by election authorities. Any manual of instructions published by any election authority shall be identical with the manual of uniform instructions issued by the Board, but may be adapted by the election authority to accommodate special or unusual local election problems, provided that all manuals published by election authorities must be consistent with the provisions of this Act in all respects and must receive the approval of the State Board of Elections prior to publication; provided further that if the State Board does not approve or disapprove of a proposed manual within 60 days of its submission, the manual shall be deemed approved.
(4) Prescribe and require the use of such uniform
forms, notices, and other supplies not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act as it shall deem advisable which shall be used by election authorities in the conduct of elections and registrations;
(5) Prepare and certify the form of ballot for any
proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of Illinois, or any referendum to be submitted to the electors throughout the State or, when required to do so by law, to the voters of any area or unit of local government of the State;
(6) Require such statistical reports regarding the
conduct of elections and registration from election authorities as may be deemed necessary;
(7) Review and inspect procedures and records
relating to conduct of elections and registration as may be deemed necessary, and to report violations of election laws to the appropriate State's Attorney or the Attorney General;
(8) Recommend to the General Assembly legislation to
improve the administration of elections and registration;
(9) Adopt, amend or rescind rules and regulations in
the performance of its duties provided that all such rules and regulations must be consistent with the provisions of this Article 1A or issued pursuant to authority otherwise provided by law;
(10) Determine the validity and sufficiency of
petitions filed under Article XIV, Section 3, of the Constitution of the State of Illinois of 1970;
(11) Maintain in its principal office a research
library that includes, but is not limited to, abstracts of votes by precinct for general primary elections and general elections, current precinct maps and current precinct poll lists from all election jurisdictions within the State. The research library shall be open to the public during regular business hours. Such abstracts, maps and lists shall be preserved as permanent records and shall be available for examination and copying at a reasonable cost;
(12) Supervise the administration of the registration
and election laws throughout the State;
(13) Obtain from the Department of Central Management
Services, under Section 405-250 of the Department of Central Management Services Law (20 ILCS 405/405-250), such use of electronic data processing equipment as may be required to perform the duties of the State Board of Elections and to provide election-related information to candidates, public and party officials, interested civic organizations and the general public in a timely and efficient manner;
(14) To take such action as may be necessary or
required to give effect to directions of the national committee or State central committee of an established political party under Sections 7-8, 7-11 and 7-14.1 or such other provisions as may be applicable pertaining to the selection of delegates and alternate delegates to an established political party's national nominating conventions or, notwithstanding any candidate certification schedule contained within the Election Code, the certification of the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate selected by the established political party's national nominating convention;
(15) To post all early voting sites separated by
election authority and hours of operation on its website at least 5 business days before the period for early voting begins; and
(16) To post on its website the statewide totals, and
totals separated by each election authority, for each of the counts received pursuant to Section 1-9.2.
The Board may by regulation delegate any of its duties or
functions under this Article, except that final determinations and orders
under this Article shall be issued only by the Board.
The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly shall be satisfied
by filing copies of the report with the Speaker, the Minority Leader and
the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the President, the Minority
Leader and the Secretary of the Senate and the Legislative Research
Unit, as required by Section 3.1 of "An Act to revise the law in relation
to the General Assembly", approved February 25, 1874, as amended, and
filing such additional copies with the State Government Report Distribution
Center for the General Assembly as is required under paragraph (t) of
Section 7 of the State Library Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15
10 ILCS 5/1A-9
(10 ILCS 5/1A-9)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-9)
The State Board of Elections shall appoint an executive
director and an assistant executive director. The annual compensation of the executive director and
assistant executive director shall be determined by the Board.
The executive director and assistant executive director may be removed
from office at any time by a vote of
at least 5 members of the Board. Upon any such removal a vacancy is
created which shall be filled as provided for the initial appointments.
The Board, upon the affirmative vote of a majority of its members, may
from time to time contract with technical consultants to assist it in the
performance of its duties. Such technical consultants shall be compensated
only under contracts which specify the duties to be performed and the compensation
therefor. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, contracts with
technical consultants, other than hearing officers
and attorneys representing the Board in litigation, shall terminate no more
than 60 days after the commencement of the specified duties and may be extended
once for a period of no more than 30 days upon the affirmative vote of a
majority of the Board. The time limitations imposed by this Section on
contracts with technical consultants shall not apply to a contract with a
technical consultant for the provision of electronic data processing
services in connection with the Board's performance of the duties assigned
to it pursuant to paragraph (11) of Section 1A-8 or in connection with the
Board's performance of the duties assigned to it pursuant to Sections 4-8,
5-7 and 6-35 concerning the furnishing of electronic data or compilations
containing voter registration information to state political committees
registered pursuant to the Illinois Campaign Finance Act or the Federal
Election Campaign Act. No technical consultant, other than a hearing officer
or an attorney engaged to represent the Board in litigation, may be compensated
under more than one contract in any fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 93-1091, eff. 3-29-05.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-10
(10 ILCS 5/1A-10)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-10)
The State Board of Elections shall keep a full and true public record of all of
its proceedings and of all monies
received and expended. The Board shall file and preserve in its principal
office all orders and
records pertaining to its duties. The executive director shall exercise
general supervision over the operation of the business of the Board and
its equipment, facilities, employees and consultants, in accordance with
the rules and regulations of the Board and as otherwise directed by the
Board. The assistant executive director shall administer the operations
and staff of the permanent branch office of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 83-941.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-11
(10 ILCS 5/1A-11)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-11)
The principal office of the State Board of Elections shall be maintained
in Springfield and a permanent branch office shall be maintained in
Chicago. The permanent offices of the Board shall be kept open during the
ordinary business hours of State offices. However, on the day of any
election, or at any other time, the offices of the Board may be kept open
such additional time as the Board shall deem necessary to carry out its
(Source: P.A. 78-918.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-12
(10 ILCS 5/1A-12)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-12)
Board of Elections may employ, promote or discharge such additional
persons as are necessary for the proper performance of its duties under
this Code, including investigators, examiners and hearing officers.
However, persons employed by the State Board of Elections prior to January 1,
1978 and previously certified under a merit plan adopted by the Board
shall not be subject to any probationary period nor required to qualify
by examination under "The Personnel Code"
to continue in their positions. No
employee or consultant may appear before the Board in any representative
capacity within 6 months after termination of his employment or
contractual relationship with the Board.
(Source: P.A. 93-1091, eff. 3-29-05.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-13
(10 ILCS 5/1A-13)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-13)
No employee of the State Board of Elections including its
executive director and assistant executive director shall engage in
any partisan political activity whatsoever, except to vote at elections,
nor shall such person contribute, either financially or in services or
goods or any other way, to any political party, candidate or organization
engaged in political activity. No employee of the Board shall become a
candidate for nomination for, or election to, or accept appointment to any
public office. Whoever violates any provision of this Section shall
be deemed to have vacated his position and shall be discharged. No such
person shall be thereafter rehired unless the State Civil Service Commission,
upon appeal, finds that this Section has not been violated by such person.
(Source: P.A. 83-941.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-14
(10 ILCS 5/1A-14)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-14)
No member of the State Board of Elections may become a candidate
for nomination for, or election to,
or accept appointment to or hold any other remunerative public office or public
employment or any office in a political party. Violation of any prohibition
in this Section shall disqualify a member of the Board and a
vacancy is thereby created. A vacancy also exists upon the occurrence of
any of the events enumerated in Section 25-2 of this Act as in the case
of an elective office.
(Source: P.A. 80-1178.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-15
(10 ILCS 5/1A-15)
(from Ch. 46, par. 1A-15)
On the request of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services,
the State Board of Elections shall provide the Department with tapes,
discs, other electronic data or compilations thereof which only provide the
name, address and, when available, the Social Security number of registered
voters for the purpose of tracing absent parents and the collection of
child support. Such information shall be provided at reasonable cost,
which shall include the cost of duplication plus 15% for administration.
The confidentiality of all information contained on such tapes, discs and
other electronic data or combination thereof shall be protected as provided
in Section 11-9 of "The Illinois Public Aid Code".
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)
10 ILCS 5/1A-16
(10 ILCS 5/1A-16)
Voter registration information; Internet posting; processing
of voter registration forms; content of such forms.
Notwithstanding any law to
the contrary, the following provisions shall apply to voter registration under
(a) Voter registration information; Internet posting of voter registration
form. Within 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the
General Assembly, the State Board of Elections shall post on its World Wide Web
site the following information:
(1) A comprehensive list of the names, addresses,
phone numbers, and websites, if applicable, of all county clerks and boards of election commissioners in Illinois.
(2) A schedule of upcoming elections and the deadline
(3) A downloadable, printable voter registration
form, in at least English and in Spanish versions, that a person may complete and mail or submit to the State Board of Elections or the appropriate county clerk or board of election commissioners.
Any forms described under paragraph (3) must state the following:
If you do not have a driver's license or social
security number, and this form is submitted by mail, and you have never registered to vote in the jurisdiction you are now registering in, then you must send, with this application, either (i) a copy of a current and valid photo identification, or (ii) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. If you do not provide the information required above, then you will be required to provide election officials with either (i) or (ii) described above the first time you vote at a voting place.
(b) Acceptance of registration forms by the State Board of Elections and
county clerks and board of election commissioners. The
State Board of Elections, county clerks, and board of election commissioners
shall accept all completed voter registration forms
described in subsection (a)(3) of this Section and Sections 1A-17 and 1A-30 that are:
(1) postmarked on or before the day that voter
registration is closed under the Election Code;
(2) not postmarked, but arrives no later than 5 days
after the close of registration;
(3) submitted in person by a person using the form on
or before the day that voter registration is closed under the Election Code; or
(4) submitted in person by a person who submits one
or more forms on behalf of one or more persons who used the form on or before the day that voter registration is closed under the Election Code.
Upon the receipt of a registration form, the State Board of Elections shall
the date on which the form was received
and send the form via first class mail to the appropriate county clerk or board
election commissioners, as the case may be, within 2 business days based upon
the home address of the person submitting the registration form. The county
clerk and board of election commissioners shall accept and process any form
received from the State Board of Elections.
(c) Processing of registration forms by county clerks and boards of election
commissioners. The county clerk or board of election commissioners shall
promulgate procedures for processing the voter registration form.
(d) Contents of the voter registration form. The State Board shall create
a voter registration form, which must contain the following content:
(1) Instructions for completing the form.
(2) A summary of the qualifications to register to
(3) Instructions for mailing in or submitting the
(4) The phone number for the State Board of Elections
should a person submitting the form have questions.
(5) A box for the person to check that explains one
of 3 reasons for submitting the form:
(a) new registration;
(b) change of address; or
(c) change of name.
(6) a box for the person to check yes or no that
asks, "Are you a citizen of the United States?", a box for the person to check yes or no that asks, "Will you be 18 years of age on or before election day?", and a statement of "If you checked 'no' in response to either of these questions, then do not complete this form.".
(7) A space for the person to fill in his or her home
(8) Spaces for the person to fill in his or her
first, middle, and last names, street address (principal place of residence), county, city, state, and zip code.
(9) Spaces for the person to fill in his or her
mailing address, city, state, and zip code if different from his or her principal place of residence.
(10) A space for the person to fill in his or her
Illinois driver's license number if the person has a driver's license.
(11) A space for a person without a driver's license
to fill in the last four digits of his or her social security number if the person has a social security number.
(12) A space for a person without an Illinois
driver's license to fill in his or her identification number from his or her State Identification card issued by the Secretary of State.
(13) A space for the person to fill the name
appearing on his or her last voter registration, the street address of his or her last registration, including the city, county, state, and zip code.
(14) A space where the person swears or affirms the
following under penalty of perjury with his or her signature:
(a) "I am a citizen of the United States.";
(b) "I will be at least 18 years old on or before
(c) "I will have lived in the State of Illinois
and in my election precinct at least 30 days as of the date of the next election."; and
"The information I have provided is true to the
best of my knowledge under penalty of perjury. If I have provided false information, then I may be fined, imprisoned, or if I am not a U.S. citizen, deported from or refused entry into the United States."
(15) A space for the person to fill in his or her
e-mail address if he or she chooses to provide that information.
(d-5) Compliance with federal law; rulemaking authority. The voter
form described in this Section shall be consistent with the form prescribed by
Election Commission under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993,
P.L. 103-31, as amended from time to time, and the Help America Vote Act of
2002, P.L. 107-252, in all relevant respects. The State Board of Elections
shall periodically update the form based on changes to federal or State law.
The State Board of Elections shall promulgate any rules necessary for the
implementation of this Section; provided that the rules
comport with the letter and spirit of the National Voter Registration Act of
1993 and Help America Vote Act of 2002 and maximize the opportunity for a
person to register to vote.
(e) Forms available in paper form. The State Board of Elections shall make
the voter registration form available in regular paper stock and form in
sufficient quantities for the general public. The State Board of Elections may
provide the voter registration form to the Secretary of State, county
clerks, boards of election commissioners, designated agencies of the State of
Illinois, and any other person or entity designated to have these forms by the
Election Code in regular paper stock and form or some other format deemed
suitable by the Board. Each county clerk or board of election commissioners has
the authority to design and print its own voter registration form so long as
the form complies with the requirements of this Section. The State Board
of Elections, county clerks, boards of election commissioners, or other
designated agencies of the State of Illinois required to have these forms under
the Election Code shall provide a member of the public with any reasonable
number of forms
that he or she may request. Nothing in this Section shall permit the State
Elections, county clerk, board of election commissioners, or other appropriate
election official who may accept a voter registration form to refuse to accept
a voter registration form because the form is printed on photocopier or regular
stock and form.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 10-1-13; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15
10 ILCS 5/1A-16.5
(10 ILCS 5/1A-16.5)
Online voter registration.
(a) The State Board of Elections shall establish and maintain a system for online voter registration that permits a person to apply to register to vote or to update his or her existing voter registration. In accordance with technical specifications provided by the State Board of Elections, each election authority shall maintain a voter registration system capable of receiving and processing voter registration application information, including electronic signatures, from the online voter registration system established by the State Board of Elections.
(b) The online voter registration system shall employ security measures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of voter registration applications submitted electronically pursuant to this Section.
(c) The Board may receive voter registration information provided by applicants using the State Board of Elections' website, may cross reference that information with data or information contained in the Secretary of State's database in order to match the information submitted by applicants, and may receive from the Secretary of State the applicant's digitized signature upon a successful match of that applicant's information with that contained in the Secretary of State's database.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person who is qualified to register to vote and who has an authentic Illinois driver's license or State identification card issued by the Secretary of State may submit an application to register to vote electronically on a website maintained by the State Board of Elections.
(e) An online voter registration application shall contain all of the information that is required for a paper application as provided in Section 1A-16 of this Code, except that the applicant shall be required to provide:
(1) the applicant's full Illinois driver's license or
State identification card number;
(2) the last 4 digits of the applicant's social
(3) the date the Illinois driver's license or State
identification card was issued.
(f) For an applicant's registration or change in registration to be accepted, the applicant shall mark the box associated with the following statement included as part of the online voter registration application:
"By clicking on the box below, I swear or affirm all of the following:
(1) I am the person whose name and identifying information is provided on this form, and I desire to register to vote in the State of Illinois.
(2) All the information I have provided on this form is true and correct as of the date I am submitting this form.
(3) I authorize the Secretary of State to transmit to the State Board of Elections my signature that is on file with the Secretary of State and understand that such signature will be used by my local election authority on this online voter registration application for admission as an elector as if I had signed this form personally.".
(g) Immediately upon receiving a completed online voter registration application, the online voter registration system shall send, by electronic mail, a confirmation notice that the application has been received. Within 48 hours of receiving such an application, the online voter registration system shall send by electronic mail, a notice informing the applicant of whether the following information has been matched with the Secretary of State database:
(1) that the applicant has an authentic Illinois
driver's license or State identification card issued by the Secretary of State and that the driver's license or State identification number provided by the applicant matches the driver's license or State identification card number for that person on file with the Secretary of State;
(2) that the date of issuance of the Illinois
driver's license or State identification card listed on the application matches the date of issuance of that card for that person on file with the Secretary of State;
(3) that the date of birth provided by the applicant
matches the date of birth for that person on file with the Secretary of State; and
(4) that the last 4 digits of the applicant's social
security number matches the last 4 digits for that person on file with the Secretary of State.
(h) If the information provided by the applicant matches the information on the Secretary of State's databases for any driver's license and State identification card holder and is matched as provided in subsection (g) above, the online voter registration system shall:
(1) retrieve from the Secretary of State's database
files an electronic copy of the applicant's signature from his or her Illinois driver's license or State identification card and such signature shall be deemed to be the applicant's signature on his or her online voter registration application;
(2) within 2 days of receiving the application,
forward to the county clerk or board of election commissioners having jurisdiction over the applicant's voter registration: (i) the application, along with the applicant's relevant data that can be directly loaded into the jurisdiction's voter registration system and (ii) a copy of the applicant's electronic signature and a certification from the State Board of Elections that the applicant's driver's license or State identification card number, driver's license or State identification card date of issuance, and date of birth and social security information have been successfully matched.
(i) Upon receipt of the online voter registration application, the county clerk or board of election commissioners having jurisdiction over the applicant's voter registration shall promptly search its voter registration database to determine whether the applicant is already registered to vote at the address on the application and whether the new registration would create a duplicate registration. If the applicant is already registered to vote at the address on the application, the clerk or board, as the case may be, shall send the applicant by first class mail, and electronic mail if the applicant has provided an electronic mail address on the original voter registration form for that address, a disposition notice as otherwise required by law informing the applicant that he or she is already registered to vote at such address. If the applicant is not already registered to vote at the address on the application and the applicant is otherwise eligible to register to vote, the clerk or board, as the case may be, shall:
(1) enter the name and address of the applicant on
the list of registered voters in the jurisdiction; and
(2) send by mail, and electronic mail if the
applicant has provided an electronic mail address on the voter registration form, a disposition notice to the applicant as otherwise provided by law setting forth the applicant's name and address as it appears on the application and stating that the person is registered to vote.
(j) An electronic signature of the person submitting a duplicate registration application or a change of address form that is retrieved and imported from the Secretary of State's driver's license or State identification card database as provided herein may, in the discretion of the clerk or board, be substituted for and replace any existing signature for that individual in the voter registration database of the county clerk or board of election commissioners.
(k) Any new registration or change of address submitted electronically as provided in this Section shall become effective as of the date it is received by the county clerk or board of election commissioners having jurisdiction over said registration. Disposition notices prescribed in this Section shall be sent within 5 business days of receipt of the online application or change of address by the county clerk or board of election commissioners.
(l) All provisions of this Code governing voter registration and applicable thereto and not inconsistent with this Section shall apply to online voter registration under this Section. All applications submitted on a website maintained by the State Board of Elections shall be deemed timely filed if they are submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on the final day for voter registration prior to an election. After the registration period for an upcoming election has ended and until the 2nd day following such election, the web page containing the online voter registration form on the State Board of Elections website shall inform users of the procedure for grace period voting.
(m) The State Board of Elections shall maintain a list of the name, street address, e-mail address, and likely precinct, ward, township, and district numbers, as the case may be, of people who apply to vote online through the voter registration system and those names and that information shall be stored in an electronic format on its website, arranged by county and accessible to State and local political committees.
(n) The Illinois State Board of Elections shall develop or cause to be developed an online voter registration system able to be accessed by at least the top two most used mobile electronic operating systems by January 1, 2016.
(p) Each State department that maintains an Internet website must include a hypertext link to the homepage website maintained and operated pursuant to this Section 1A-16.5. For the purposes of this Section, "State department" means the departments of State Government listed in Section 5-15 of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois (General Provisions and Departments of State Government).
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15