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ELECTIONS
(10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.

10 ILCS 5/1-10

    (10 ILCS 5/1-10)
    Sec. 1-10. Public comment. 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)
    Sec. 1-11. (Repealed).
(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 Repealed internally, eff. 5-31-13.)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)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 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 in a high traffic location 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 as otherwise required by Article 19A of this Code. 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 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 under this Section to registered voters in precincts where the public university is located and precincts bordering the university. Each public university shall make the space available in a high traffic area for, and cooperate and coordinate with the appropriate election authority in, the implementation of this subsection (a).
    (b) Each appropriate election authority shall, in addition to the voting conducted at locations otherwise required by law, conduct in-person absentee voting on election day in a high-traffic location on the campus of a public university within the election authority's jurisdiction. The procedures for conducting in-person absentee voting at a site established pursuant to this subsection (b) shall, to the extent practicable, be the same procedures required by Article 19 of this Code for in-person absentee ballots. The election authority may limit in-person absentee voting under this subsection (b) to registered voters in precincts where the public university is located and precincts bordering the university. The election authority shall have voting equipment and ballots necessary to accommodate registered voters who may cast an in-person absentee ballot at a site established pursuant to this subsection (b). Each public university shall make the space available in a high-traffic area for, and cooperate and coordinate with the appropriate election authority in, the implementation of this subsection (b).
    (c) For the purposes of this Section, "public university" means the University of Illinois at its campuses in Urbana-Champaign and Springfield, Southern Illinois University at its campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University at its campuses in Macomb and Moline.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13; 98-691, eff. 7-1-14.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 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).
    (b) (Blank).
    (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)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 1-20. (Repealed).
(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)
ARTICLE 1A. STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS

10 ILCS 5/1A-1

    (10 ILCS 5/1A-1) (from Ch. 46, par. 1A-1)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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 appointment.
(Source: P.A. 78-918.)

10 ILCS 5/1A-3

    (10 ILCS 5/1A-3) (from Ch. 46, par. 1A-3)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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 submitted.
(Source: P.A. 80-1178.)

10 ILCS 5/1A-6

    (10 ILCS 5/1A-6) (from Ch. 46, par. 1A-6)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 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; and
        (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.
    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. 95-6, eff. 6-20-07; 95-699, eff. 11-9-07.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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 duties.
(Source: P.A. 78-918.)

10 ILCS 5/1A-12

    (10 ILCS 5/1A-12) (from Ch. 46, par. 1A-12)
    Sec. 1A-12. The State 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)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 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 this Code.
    (a) Voter registration information; Internet posting of voter registration form. Within 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd 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
    
for voter registration.
        (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 or by absentee ballot.
    (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 mark the date on which the form was received and send the form via first class mail to the appropriate county clerk or board of 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
    
vote in Illinois.
        (3) Instructions for mailing in or submitting the
    
form in person.
        (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
    
telephone number.
        (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
        
the next election.";
            (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 registration form described in this Section shall be consistent with the form prescribed by the Federal 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 Board of 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 paper stock and form.
    (f) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 10-1-13.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 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 this Code.
    (a) Voter registration information; Internet posting of voter registration form. Within 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd 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
    
for voter registration.
        (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 mark the date on which the form was received and send the form via first class mail to the appropriate county clerk or board of 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
    
vote in Illinois.
        (3) Instructions for mailing in or submitting the
    
form in person.
        (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
    
telephone number.
        (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
        
the next election.";
            (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 registration form described in this Section shall be consistent with the form prescribed by the Federal 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 Board of 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 paper stock and form.
    (f) (Blank).
(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)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 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
    
security number; and
        (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 submit a report to the General Assembly and the Governor by January 31, 2014 detailing the progress made to implement the online voter registration system described in this Section.
    (o) The online voter registration system provided for in this Section shall be fully operational by July 1, 2014.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-1171)
    Sec. 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
    
security number; and
        (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.
    (o) (Blank).
    (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.)

10 ILCS 5/1A-16.6

    (10 ILCS 5/1A-16.6)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 1A-16.6. Government agency voter registration.
    (a) By April 1, 2016, the State Board of Elections shall establish and maintain a portal for government agency registration that permits an eligible person to electronically apply to register to vote or to update his or her existing voter registration whenever he or she conducts business, either online or in person, with a designated government agency. The portal shall interface with the online voter registration system established in Section 1A-16.5 of this Code and shall be capable of receiving and processing voter registration application information, including electronic signatures, from a designated government agency. The State Board of Elections shall modify the online voter registration system as necessary to implement this Section.
    Voter registration data received from a designated government agency through the online registration system shall be processed as provided for in Section 1A-16.5 of this Code.
    Whenever the registration interface is accessible to the general public, including, but not limited to, online transactions, the interface shall allow the applicant to complete the process as provided for in Section 1A-16.5 of this Code. The online interface shall be capable of providing the applicant with the applicant's voter registration status with the State Board of Elections and, if registered, the applicant's current registration address. The applicant shall not be required to re-enter any registration data, such as name, address, and birth date, if the designated government agency already has that information on file. The applicant shall be informed that by choosing to register to vote or to update his or her existing voter registration, the applicant consents to the transfer of the applicant's personal information to the State Board of Elections.
    Whenever a government employee is accessing the registration system while servicing the applicant, the government employee shall notify the applicant of the applicant's registration status with the State Board of Elections and, if registered, the applicant's current registration address. If the applicant elects to register to vote or to update his or her existing voter registration, the government employee shall collect the needed information and assist the applicant with his or her registration. The applicant shall be informed that by choosing to register to vote or to update his or her existing voter registration, the applicant consents to the transfer of the applicant's personal information to the State Board of Elections.
    In accordance with technical specifications provided by the State Board of Elections, each designated government agency shall maintain a data transfer mechanism capable of transmitting voter registration application information, including electronic signatures where available, to the online voter registration system established in Section 1A-16.5 of this Code. Each designated government agency shall establish and operate a voter registration system capable of transmitting voter registration application information to the portal as described in this Section by July 1, 2016.
    (b) Whenever an applicant's data is transferred from a designated government agency, the agency must transmit a signature image if available. If no signature image was provided by the agency or if no signature image is available in the Secretary of State's database or the statewide voter registration database, the applicant must be notified that their registration will remain in a pending status and the applicant will be required to provide identification and a signature to the election authority on Election Day in the polling place or during early voting.
    (c) The State Board of Elections shall track registration data received through the online registration system that originated from a designated government agency for the purposes of maintaining statistics required by the federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993, as amended.
    (d) The State Board of Elections shall submit a report to the General Assembly and the Governor by December 1, 2015 detailing the progress made to implement the government agency voter registration portal described in this Section.
    (e) The Board shall adopt rules, in consultation with the impacted agencies.
    (f) As used in this Section, a "designated government agency" means the Secretary of State's Driver Services and Vehicle Services Departments, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Employment Security, and the Department on Aging.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

10 ILCS 5/1A-16.8

    (10 ILCS 5/1A-16.8)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 1A-16.8. Automatic transfer of registration based upon information from the National Change of Address database. The State Board of Elections shall cross-reference the statewide voter registration database against the United States Postal Service's National Change of Address database twice each calendar year, April 15 and October 1 in odd-numbered years and April 15 and December 1 in even-numbered years, and shall share the findings with the election authorities. An election authority shall automatically register any voter who has moved into its jurisdiction from another jurisdiction in Illinois or has moved within its jurisdiction provided that:
        (1) the election authority whose jurisdiction
    
includes the new registration address provides the voter an opportunity to reject the change in registration address through a mailing, sent by non-forwardable mail, to the new registration address, and
        (2) when the election authority whose jurisdiction
    
includes the previous registration address is a different election authority, then that election authority provides the same opportunity through a mailing, sent by forwardable mail, to the previous registration address.
    This change in registration shall trigger the same inter-jurisdictional or intra-jurisdictional workflows as if the voter completed a new registration card, including the cancellation of the voter's previous registration. Should the registration of a voter be changed from one address to another within the State and should the voter appear at the polls and offer to vote from the prior registration address, attesting that the prior registration address is the true current address, the voter, if confirmed by the election authority as having been registered at the prior registration address and canceled only by the process authorized by this Section, shall be issued a regular ballot, and the change of registration address shall be canceled. If the election authority is unable to immediately confirm the registration, the voter shall be issued a provisional ballot and the provisional ballot shall be counted.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)