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ELECTIONS10 ILCS 5/28-8.1
(10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.
(10 ILCS 5/28-8.1)
(from Ch. 46, par. 28-8.1; formerly Ch. 46, pars. 1001, 1002 and 1003)
(a) Whenever any proposition required by law to be voted upon
before its adoption, other than a constitutional amendment, is submitted
to the people, it is the duty of the Secretary of State to prepare a
statement setting forth in detail the Section or Sections of the law
sought to be amended by the vote, together with statements and suggestions as
may be necessary for a proper understanding of the proposition. The statements
and suggestions shall be submitted to the Attorney General for his approval.
(b) It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State, after the amendments and
suggestions shall have been approved by the Attorney General as provided in
subsection (a), to certify to each county clerk, under seal, the statements and
(c) It is hereby made the duty of the county clerk to have the
statements and suggestions published and posted at the same time, in the same
manner and at the same places that the sample ballots and instructions to
voters are required by law to be posted.
(Source: P.A. 87-1052.)
10 ILCS 5/28-9
(10 ILCS 5/28-9)
(from Ch. 46, par. 28-9)
Petitions for proposed amendments to Article IV of the
Constitution pursuant to Section 3, Article XIV of the Constitution shall be
signed by a number of electors equal in number to at least 8% of the total
votes cast for candidates for Governor in the preceding gubernatorial election.
Such petition shall have been signed by the petitioning electors not more than
24 months preceding the general election at which the proposed amendment is to
be submitted and shall be filed with the Secretary of State at least 6 months
before that general election.
Upon receipt of a petition for a proposed Constitutional amendment, the
Secretary of State shall, as soon as is practicable, but no later than the
close of the next business day, deliver such petition to the State Board of
Petitions for advisory questions of public policy to be submitted to the
voters of the entire State shall be signed by a number of voters
equal in number to 8% of the total votes cast for candidates for Governor in
the preceding gubernatorial election. Such petition shall have been signed by
said petitioners not more than 24 months preceding the date of the general
election at which the question is to be submitted and shall be filed with the
State Board of Elections at least 6 months before that general election.
The proponents of the proposed statewide advisory
public question shall file the original petition in bound
sections. Each section shall be composed of consecutively numbered petition
sheets containing only the signatures of registered voters.
Any petition sheets not consecutively numbered or which contain duplicate
page numbers already used on other sheets, or are photocopies or duplicates
of the original sheets, shall not be considered part of the petition for
the purpose of the random sampling verification and shall not be counted
toward the minimum number of signatures required to qualify the proposed
statewide advisory public question for the ballot.
Within 7 business days following the last day for filing the original
petition, the proponents shall also file copies of the petition sheets with each proper election authority
and obtain a receipt therefor.
For purposes of this Act, the following terms shall be defined and construed
1. "Board" means the State Board of Elections.
2. "Election Authority" means a county clerk or city or county board of
4. "Proponents" means any person, association, committee, organization
or other group, or their designated representatives, who advocate and cause
the circulation and filing of petitions for a statewide advisory question
of public policy or a proposed constitutional amendment for submission at
a general election and who has registered with the Board as provided in
5. "Opponents" means any person, association, committee, organization
or other group, or their designated representatives, who oppose a statewide
advisory question of public policy or a proposed constitutional amendment
for submission at a general election and who have registered with the Board
as provided in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-81, eff. 7-5-11; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15
10 ILCS 5/28-10
(10 ILCS 5/28-10)
(from Ch. 46, par. 28-10)
(Source: P.A. 97-81, eff. 7-5-11. Repealed by P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)
10 ILCS 5/28-11
(10 ILCS 5/28-11)
(from Ch. 46, par. 28-11)
The Board shall design a standard and scientific random
sampling method for the verification of petition signatures for statewide advisory referenda and shall conduct
a public test to prove the validity of its sampling method. Notice of the
time and place for such test shall be given at least 10 days before the date
on which such test is to be conducted and in the manner prescribed for notice
of regular Board meetings. Signatures on petitions for constitutional amendments initiated pursuant to Article XIV, Section 3 of the Illinois Constitution need not be segregated by election jurisdiction. The Board shall design an alternative signature verification method for referenda initiated pursuant to Article XIV, Section 3 of the Illinois Constitution.
Within 14 business days following the last day for the filing
of the original petition
as prescribed in Section 28-9, the Board shall apply its proven random sampling
method to the petition sheets in each election jurisdiction section for
the purpose of selecting and identifying the petition signatures to be included
in the sample signature verification for the respective jurisdictions and
shall prepare and transmit to each proper election authority a list by page
and line number of the signatures from its election jurisdiction selected
For each election jurisdiction, the sample verification shall include an
examination of either (a) 10% of the signatures if 5,010 or more signatures
are involved; or (b) 500 signatures if more than 500 but less than 5,010
signatures are involved; or (c) all signatures if 500 or less signatures are involved.
Each election authority with whom jurisdictional copies of petition sheets
were filed shall use the proven random sampling method designed and furnished
by the Board for the verification of signatures shown on the list supplied
by the Board and in accordance with the following criteria for determination
of petition signature validity:
1. Determine if the person who signed the petition is
a registered voter in that election jurisdiction or was a registered voter therein on the date the petition was signed;
2. Determine if the signature of the person who
signed the petition reasonably compares with the signature shown on that person's registration record card.
Within 14 business days following receipt from the Board of the
list of signatures
for verification, each election authority shall transmit a properly dated
certificate to the Board which shall indicate; (a) the page and line number
of petition signatures examined, (b) the validity or invalidity of such signatures,
and (c) the reasons for invalidity, based on the criteria heretofore prescribed.
The Board shall prepare and adopt a standard form of certificate for use
by the election authorities which shall be transmitted with the list of
signatures for verification.
Upon written request of the election authority that, due to the volume
of signatures in the sample for its jurisdiction, additional time is needed
to properly perform the signature verification, the Board may grant the
election authority additional days to complete the verification and transmit
the certificate of results. These certificates of random sample verification
results shall be available for public inspection within 24 hours after receipt
by the State Board of Elections.
(Source: P.A. 97-81, eff. 7-5-11.)