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ELECTIONS10 ILCS 5/6-100
(10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.
(10 ILCS 5/6-100)
Notwithstanding any other provision of this
Code to the contrary, each election authority shall
establish procedures for the registration of voters and for change of address during the period from the close of
registration for an election until and including the day of the election. During this grace period, an unregistered qualified
register to vote, and a registered voter may submit a change of address form, in person in the office of the election
authority, at a permanent polling place established under Section 19A-10, at any other early voting site beginning 15 days prior to the election, at a polling place on election day, or at a voter registration location specifically designated for this
purpose by the election authority. Grace period registration and changes of address shall also be conducted for eligible residents in connection with voting at facilities under Section 19-12.2 of this Code. The election authority shall
register that individual, or change a registered voter's address, in the same manner as otherwise provided by this Article for registration and change of address.
If a voter who registers or changes address during this grace period wishes to vote at the election or primary occurring during the grace period. The election authority shall offer in-person grace period voting at the authority's office, any permanent polling place established under Section 19A-10, and at any other early voting site beginning 15 days prior to the election, at a polling place on election day, where grace period registration is required by this Section; and may offer in-person grace period voting at additional hours and locations specifically designated for the purpose of grace period voting by the election authority. The election authority may allow grace period voting by mail only if the election authority has no ballots prepared at the authority's office. Grace period voting shall be in a manner substantially similar to voting under Article 19A.
Within one day after a voter casts a grace period ballot, or within one day after the ballot is received by the election authority if the election authority allows grace period voting by mail, the election authority shall transmit by electronic means pursuant to a process established by the State Board of Elections the voter's name, street address, e-mail 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. The name of each person issued a grace period ballot shall also be placed on the appropriate precinct list of persons to whom vote by mail and early ballots have been issued, for use as provided in Sections 17-9 and 18-5.
A person who casts a grace period ballot shall not be permitted to revoke that ballot and vote another ballot with respect to that primary or election. Ballots cast by persons who register or change address during the grace period at a location other than their designated polling place on election day must be transmitted to and counted at the election authority's central ballot counting location and shall not be transmitted to and counted at precinct polling places. The grace period 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.
In counties with a population of less than 100,000 that do not have electronic poll books, the election authority may opt out of registration in the polling place if the election authority establishes grace period registration and voting at other sites on election day at the following sites: (i) the election authority's main office and (ii) a polling place in each municipality where 20% or more of the county's residents reside if the election authority's main office is not located in that municipality. The election authority may establish other grace period registration and voting sites on election day provided that the election authority has met the notice requirements of Section 19A-25 for permanent and temporary early voting sites.
(Source: P.A. 100-442, eff. 8-25-17.)
10 ILCS 5/6-105
(10 ILCS 5/6-105)
First time voting.
A person must vote for the first time in person and not a vote by mail ballot if the person registered to vote by mail, unless the person first provides the appropriate election authority with sufficient proof of identity and the election authority verifies the person's proof of identity. Sufficient proof of identity shall be demonstrated by submission of the person's driver's license number or State identification card number or, if the person does not have either of those, verification by the last 4 digits of the person's social security number, a copy of a current and valid photo identification, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other federal, State, or local government document that shows the person's name and address. A person may also demonstrate sufficient proof of identity by submission of a photo identification issued by a college or university accompanied by either a copy of the applicant's contract or lease for a residence or any postmarked mail delivered to the applicant at his or her current residence address. Persons who apply to register to vote by mail but provide inadequate proof of identity to the election authority shall be notified by the election authority that the registration has not been fully completed and that the person remains ineligible to vote by mail or in person until such proof is presented.
(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15
10 ILCS 5/Art. 6A
(10 ILCS 5/Art. 6A heading)
COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS
10 ILCS 5/6A-1
(10 ILCS 5/6A-1)
(from Ch. 46, par. 6A-1)
(a) Any county in which there is no city, village or incorporated town
with a board of election commissioners may establish a county board of
election commissioners either (1) by ordinance of the county board or
(2) by vote of the electors of the county in accordance with subsection (a) of Section
The fact that some territory in a county is within the corporate
limits of a city, village or incorporated town with a board of election
commissioners does not prevent that county from establishing a county
board of election commissioners in accordance with this Article if no
portion of such city, village or incorporated town was within the county
at the time of the establishment of the board of election commissioners
for such city, village or incorporated town. If such a county
establishes a county board of election commissioners pursuant to this
Article, the county board of election commissioners shall, with respect
to the territory in the county within the corporate limits of the city,
village or incorporated town, supersede the board of election
commissioners of that city, village or incorporated town.
(b) Any county with a population of more than 700,000 persons as of the 2010 federal decennial census that borders another state and borders no more than 2 other Illinois counties, shall be subject to a county board of election commissioners beginning 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly.
(c) Any county with a population of less than 200,000 but more than 175,000 persons as of the 2010 federal decennial census in which a city, village, or incorporated town with a board of election commissioners is located may establish a county board of election commissioners by vote of the electors of the county in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 6A-2. If such a county establishes a county board of election commissioners, the county board of election commissioners, with respect to the territory in the county within the corporate limits of the city, village, or incorporated town, shall supersede the board of election commissioners of that city, village, or incorporated town.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13.)
10 ILCS 5/6A-2
(10 ILCS 5/6A-2)
(from Ch. 46, par. 6A-2)
Submission to voters.
(a) Whenever registered voters in a county described in subsection (a) of Section 6A-1, numbering at least 1,000 or 1/8
of the number voting at the last preceding general election in the county,
whichever is less, petition the circuit court to submit to the electors of
the county a proposition to establish a county board of election
commissioners, the circuit court shall cause such proposition to be
submitted to the electors of the county at the next succeeding general
(b) If the county board of a county described in subsection (c) of Section 6A-1 passes an ordinance or resolution establishing a county board of election commissioners, then the proposition to establish a county board of election commissioners shall be submitted to the electors of that county at the next possible general election. The board shall certify the ordinance or resolution and the proposition to the proper election officials who shall submit the proposition at the next general election in accordance with the general election law.
(c) The proposition shall be submitted in the same manner as provided
in Article 6 for the adoption of Articles 6, 14 and 18 by cities, villages
and incorporated towns, except that the question shall be stated: "Shall a
board of election commissioners be established for .... County?"
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13.)
10 ILCS 5/6A-3
(10 ILCS 5/6A-3)
(from Ch. 46, par. 6A-3)
Commissioners; filling vacancies.
(a) If the county board adopts an ordinance providing for the
establishment of a county board of election commissioners, or if a
majority of the votes cast on a proposition submitted in accordance with
Section 6A-2(a) are in favor of a county board of election commissioners, a
county board of election commissioners shall be appointed in the same
manner as is provided in Article 6 for boards of election commissioners
in cities, villages and incorporated towns, except that the county board of
election commissioners shall be appointed by the chairman of the county board
rather than the circuit court. However, before any
appointments are made, the appointing authority shall ascertain whether
the county clerk desires to be a member of the county board of election
commissioners. If the county clerk so
desires, he shall be one of the
members of the county board of election commissioners, and the
appointing authority shall appoint only 2 other members.
(b) For any county board of election commissioners established under subsection (b) of Section 6A-1, within 30 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, the chief judge of the circuit court of the county shall appoint 5 commissioners. At least 4 of those commissioners shall be selected from the 2 major established political parties of the State, with at least 2 from each of those parties. Such appointment shall be entered of record in the office of the County Clerk and the State Board of Elections. Those first appointed shall hold their offices for the period of one, 2, and 3 years respectively, and the judge appointing them shall designate the term for which each commissioner shall hold his or her office, whether for one, 2 or 3 years except that no more than one commissioner from each major established political party may be designated the same term. After the initial term, each commissioner or his or her successor shall be appointed to a 3 year term. No elected official or former elected official who has been out of elected office for less than 2 years may be appointed to the board. Vacancies shall be filled by the chief judge of the circuit court within 30 days of the vacancy in a manner that maintains the foregoing political party representation.
(c) For any county board of election commissioners established under subsection (c) of Section 6A-1, within 30 days after the conclusion of the election at which the proposition to establish a county board of election commissioners is approved by the voters, the municipal board shall apply to the circuit court of the county for the chief judge of the circuit court to appoint 2 additional commissioners, one of whom shall be from each major established political party and neither of whom shall reside within the limits of the municipal board, so that 3 commissioners shall reside within the limits of the municipal board and 2 shall reside within the county but not within the municipality, as it may exist from time to time. Not more than 3 of the commissioners shall be members of the same major established political party. Vacancies shall be filled by the chief judge of the circuit court upon application of the remaining commissioners in a manner that maintains the foregoing geographical and political party representation.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13.)
10 ILCS 5/6A-4
(10 ILCS 5/6A-4)
(from Ch. 46, par. 6A-4)
Transfer of records.
Upon the opening of an office of a county board of election
commissioners, the county clerk and any municipal board of election commissioners in the county shall turn over to such county board all registry
books, registration record cards, poll books, tally sheets and ballot boxes
and all other books, forms, blanks and stationery of every description in the clerk's or municipal board's possession
in any way relating to elections or the holding of elections in
the county and any unused appropriations related to elections or the holding of elections in the county. Thereupon, all functions, powers and duties of the county clerk,
the county board, or the municipal board relating to elections in that county are transferred to the county
board of election commissioners.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13.)
10 ILCS 5/6A-5
(10 ILCS 5/6A-5)
(from Ch. 46, par. 6A-5)
The provisions of Articles 6, 14 and 18 of this Act relating to
boards of election commissioners in cities, villages and incorporated
towns shall, insofar as they can be made applicable, apply to and govern
county boards of election commissioners established pursuant to this
Article. A deputy registrar serving as such by virtue of his status as a
municipal clerk, or a duly authorized deputy of a municipal clerk, of a
municipality the territory of which lies in more than one county, where one
such county is governed by a county board of election commissioners
established pursuant to this Article, may accept the registration of any
qualified resident of the municipality, regardless of which county the
resident, municipal clerk or the duly authorized deputy of the municipal
clerk lives in. However, the
county board, in fixing the compensation of the members of the county
board of election commissioners and of the executive director and assistant
executive director, is not subject to the limitations of Section 6-70 and may
provide for either an annual salary or a per diem compensation.
(Source: P.A. 85-958.)