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ELECTIONS10 ILCS 5/19A-60
(10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.
(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.)
10 ILCS 5/19A-65
(10 ILCS 5/19A-65)
Death of voter before opening of polls.
Whenever due proof
is made to the judges of election or election authority personnel counting early ballots that any voter who has marked an early ballot
as provided in this Article has died before the opening of the polls on the
date of the election, the ballot of the deceased voter shall be returned in the same manner provided for rejected ballots; but the
casting of the ballot of a deceased voter shall not invalidate the election.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)
10 ILCS 5/19A-70
(10 ILCS 5/19A-70)
Advertising or campaigning in proximity of polling place;
During the period prescribed in Section 19A-15 for early voting by
personal appearance, no advertising pertaining to any candidate or proposition
to be voted on may be displayed in or within 100 feet of any polling place used
by voters under this Article. No person may engage in electioneering in or
within 100 feet of any polling place used by voters under this Article. The provisions of Section 17-29 with respect to establishment of a campaign free zone, including, but not limited to, the provisions for placement of signage on public property beyond the campaign free zone, apply to polling places under this Article.
Any person who violates this Section may be punished for contempt of court.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13.)
10 ILCS 5/19A-75
(10 ILCS 5/19A-75)
Early voting in jurisdictions using Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems under Article 24C.
Election authorities that have adopted for use Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems under Article 24C may either use those voting systems to conduct early voting or, so long as at least one Direct Recording Electronic Voting System device is available at each early voting polling place, use whatever method the election authority uses for vote by mail balloting; provided that no early ballots are counted before the polls close on election day.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15
10 ILCS 5/Art. 20
(10 ILCS 5/Art. 20 heading)
VOTING BY ABSENT ELECTORS
IN MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE
10 ILCS 5/20-1
(10 ILCS 5/20-1)
(from Ch. 46, par. 20-1)
The following words and phrases contained in this Article
shall be construed as follows:
1. "Territorial limits of the United States" means each of the several
States of the United States and includes the District of Columbia, the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands; but does not
include American Samoa, the Canal Zone, the Trust Territory of the Pacific
Islands or any other territory or possession of the United States.
2. "Member of the United States Service" means (a) members of the Armed
Forces while on active duty and their spouses and dependents of voting
age when residing with or accompanying them, (b) members of the Merchant
Marine of the United States and their spouses and dependents when residing
with or accompanying them and (c) United States government employees serving
outside the territorial limits of the United States.
3. "Citizens of the United States temporarily residing outside the
territorial limits of the United States" means civilian citizens of the
United States and their spouses and dependents of voting age when residing
with or accompanying them, who maintain a precinct residence in a county in
this State and whose intent to return may be ascertained.
4. "Non-Resident Civilian Citizens" means civilian citizens of the United
States (a) who reside outside the territorial limits of the United States,
(b) who had maintained a precinct residence in a county in this State
immediately prior to their departure from the United States, (c) who do not
maintain a residence and are not registered to vote in any other State, and
(d) whose intent to return to this State may be uncertain.
5. "Official postcard" means the postcard application for registration
to vote or for a vote by mail ballot in the form provided in Section 204(c)
of the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1955, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1973cc-14(c)).
6. "Federal office" means the offices of President and Vice-President
of the United States, United States Senator, Representative in Congress,
delegates and alternate delegates to the national nominating conventions
and candidates for the Presidential Preference Primary.
7. "Federal election" means any general, primary or special election at
which candidates are nominated or elected to Federal office.
8. "Dependent", for purposes of this Article, shall mean a father, mother,
brother, sister, son or daughter.
9. "Electronic transmission" includes, but is not limited to, transmission by electronic mail or the Internet.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15