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ELECTIONS10 ILCS 5/19A-35
(10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.
(10 ILCS 5/19A-35)
Procedure for voting.
(a) Not more than 23 days before the start of the election, the county clerk
shall make available to the election official conducting early voting by
appearance a sufficient number of early ballots, envelopes, and printed voting
instruction slips for the use of early voters. The election official shall
receipt for all ballots received and shall return unused or spoiled ballots at
the close of the early voting period to the county clerk and must strictly
account for all ballots received. The ballots delivered to the election
official must include early ballots for each precinct in the election
authority's jurisdiction and must include separate ballots for each political
subdivision conducting an election of officers or a referendum at that
(b) In conducting early voting under this Article, the election judge or official is
required to verify the signature of the early voter by comparison with the
signature on the
official registration card, and the judge or official must verify (i) that the applicant is a registered voter, (ii) the
precinct in which the applicant is registered, and (iii) the proper ballots of
the political subdivision in which the applicant resides and is entitled to
vote before providing an early ballot to the applicant. The election judge or official
must verify the applicant's registration from the most recent poll list
provided by the
election authority, and if the applicant is not listed on that poll list, by
telephoning the office of the election authority.
(b-5) A person requesting an early voting ballot to whom a vote by mail ballot was issued may vote early if the person submits that vote by mail ballot to the judges of election or official conducting early voting for cancellation. If the voter is unable to submit the vote by mail ballot, it shall be sufficient for the voter to submit to the judges or official (i) a portion of the vote by mail ballot if the vote by mail ballot was torn or mutilated or (ii) an affidavit executed before the judges or official specifying that (A) the voter never received a vote by mail ballot or (B) the voter completed and returned a vote by mail ballot and was informed that the election authority did not receive that vote by mail ballot.
(b-10) Within one day after a voter casts an early voting ballot, the election authority shall transmit the voter's name, street address, and precinct, ward, township, and district numbers, as the case may be, to the State Board of Elections, which shall maintain those names and that information in an electronic format on its website, arranged by county and accessible to State and local political committees.
(b-15) Immediately after voting an early ballot, the voter shall be instructed whether the voting equipment accepted or rejected the ballot or identified that ballot as under-voted for a statewide constitutional office. A voter whose ballot is identified as under-voted may return to the voting booth and complete the voting of that ballot. A voter whose early voting ballot is not accepted by the voting equipment may, upon surrendering the ballot, request and vote another early voting ballot. The voter's surrendered ballot
shall be initialed by the election judge or official conducting the early voting and handled as provided in the appropriate
Article governing the voting equipment used.
(c) The sealed early ballots in their carrier envelope shall be delivered by
the election authority to the central ballot counting location before the close of the
polls on the day of the election.
(Source: P.A. 98-691, eff. 7-1-14; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15
10 ILCS 5/19A-40
(10 ILCS 5/19A-40)
Enclosure of ballots in envelope.
It is the duty of the election judge or official to fold the
ballot or ballots in the manner specified by the statute for folding
ballots prior to their deposit in the ballot box, and to enclose the
ballot or ballots in an envelope unsealed to be furnished by him or her, which
envelope shall bear upon the face thereof the name, official title, and
post office address of the election authority, and upon the other side
a printed certification in substantially the
I state that I am a resident of the .... precinct of the (1)
*township of .... (2) *City of .... or (3) *.... ward in the city of
.... residing at .... in that city or town in the county of .... and
State of Illinois, that I have lived at that address for .... months
last past; that I am lawfully entitled to vote in that precinct at the
.... election to be held on .... .
*fill in either (1), (2) or (3).
I further state that I personally marked the enclosed ballot in secret.
Under penalties of perjury as provided by law pursuant to Section 29-10
of the Election Code, the undersigned certifies that the statements set
forth in this certification are true and correct.
If the ballot enclosed is to be voted at a primary
election, the certification shall designate the name of the political
party with which the voter is affiliated.
In addition to the above, the election authority shall provide
printed slips giving full instructions regarding the manner of marking
and returning the ballot in order that the same may be counted, and
shall furnish one of the printed slips to each of such applicants at
the same time the ballot is delivered to him or her.
The instructions shall include the following statement: "In signing the
certification on the early ballot envelope, you are attesting that you
personally marked this early ballot in secret.
If you are physically unable to mark the ballot, a friend or relative may
assist you. Federal and State laws prohibit your employer, your employer's
agent, or an officer or agent of your union from assisting voters with physical disabilities."
In addition to the above, if a ballot to be provided to a voter
pursuant to this Section contains a public question described in subsection
(b) of Section 28-6 and the territory concerning which the question is
to be submitted is not described on the ballot due to the space limitations
of the ballot, the election authority shall provide a printed copy of
a notice of the public question, which shall include a description of the
territory in the manner required by Section 16-7. The notice shall be
furnished to the voter at the same time the ballot is delivered to the
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)
10 ILCS 5/19A-45
(10 ILCS 5/19A-45)
The voter shall make and subscribe the
certification provided for on the return envelope of the ballot, and the ballot
or ballots shall be folded by the voter in the manner required to be folded
depositing the ballot in the ballot box, and shall be deposited in the envelope
and the envelope securely sealed. The voter shall then endorse his or her
certificate on the back of the envelope and the envelope shall be returned to
the election judge or official conducting the early voting.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)
10 ILCS 5/19A-50
(10 ILCS 5/19A-50)
Receipt of ballots.
Upon receipt of the voter's ballot, the
election judge or official shall enclose the unopened ballot in a large or carrier
envelope that shall be securely sealed and endorsed with the name and official
title of the election judge or official and the words, "This envelope contains a ballot
and must be opened on election day", together with the number and description
of the precinct in which the ballot is to be voted, and the election authority
shall safely keep the envelope in its office until delivered to the central ballot counting location. The ballots determined to be valid shall be added to the vote totals for the precincts for which they were cast in the order in which the ballots were opened.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05; 94-1000, eff. 7-3-06.)
10 ILCS 5/19A-55
(10 ILCS 5/19A-55)
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05. Repealed by P.A. 94-1000, eff. 7-3-06.)
10 ILCS 5/19A-60
(10 ILCS 5/19A-60)
Pollwatchers may be appointed to observe early
voting by personal appearance at each permanent and temporary polling place
where early voting is conducted. The pollwatchers shall qualify and be
appointed in the same manner as provided in Sections 7-34 and 17-23, except
each candidate, political party, or organization of citizens may appoint only
one pollwatcher for each location where early voting by
personal appearance is conducted. Pollwatchers must be residents of the State
and possess valid pollwatcher credentials.
Pollwatchers shall be permitted to observe all proceedings and view all reasonably requested records relating
to the conduct of the early voting, provided the secrecy of the ballot is not impinged, and to station themselves in a position
in the voting room as will enable them to observe the judges or election authority personnel making the
signature comparison between the voter application and the voter
registration record card; provided, however, that the pollwatchers
shall not be permitted to station themselves in such close proximity to
the judges of election or election authority personnel so as to interfere with the orderly conduct of
the voting and shall not, in any event, be permitted to handle
voting or election materials. Pollwatchers may challenge for cause the voting
qualifications of a person offering to vote and may call to the
attention of the judges of election or election authority personnel any incorrect procedure or apparent
violations of this Code.
The judges of election or election authority personnel conducting early voting, or a majority of either of these, have the power
and authority to hear and determine the legality of an early voting ballot.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05; 94-1000, eff. 7-3-06.)