State of Illinois
2011 and 2012


Introduced 1/27/2011, by Sen. Ira I. Silverstein


10 ILCS 5/1A-8  from Ch. 46, par. 1A-8

    Amends the Election Code. Provides that the State Board of Elections shall not post the home address of any Supreme, Appellate, or Circuit Judge, or any candidate for Supreme, Appellate, or Circuit Judge, on its website.

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1    AN ACT concerning elections.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Election Code is amended by changing Section
51A-8 as follows:
6    (10 ILCS 5/1A-8)  (from Ch. 46, par. 1A-8)
7    Sec. 1A-8. The State Board of Elections shall exercise the
8following powers and perform the following duties in addition
9to any powers or duties otherwise provided for by law:
10        (1) Assume all duties and responsibilities of the State
11    Electoral Board and the Secretary of State as heretofore
12    provided in this Act;
13        (2) Disseminate information to and consult with
14    election authorities concerning the conduct of elections
15    and registration in accordance with the laws of this State
16    and the laws of the United States;
17        (3) Furnish to each election authority prior to each
18    primary and general election and any other election it
19    deems necessary, a manual of uniform instructions
20    consistent with the provisions of this Act which shall be
21    used by election authorities in the preparation of the
22    official manual of instruction to be used by the judges of
23    election in any such election. In preparing such manual,



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1    the State Board shall consult with representatives of the
2    election authorities throughout the State. The State Board
3    may provide separate portions of the uniform instructions
4    applicable to different election jurisdictions which
5    administer elections under different options provided by
6    law. The State Board may by regulation require particular
7    portions of the uniform instructions to be included in any
8    official manual of instructions published by election
9    authorities. Any manual of instructions published by any
10    election authority shall be identical with the manual of
11    uniform instructions issued by the Board, but may be
12    adapted by the election authority to accommodate special or
13    unusual local election problems, provided that all manuals
14    published by election authorities must be consistent with
15    the provisions of this Act in all respects and must receive
16    the approval of the State Board of Elections prior to
17    publication; provided further that if the State Board does
18    not approve or disapprove of a proposed manual within 60
19    days of its submission, the manual shall be deemed
20    approved.
21        (4) Prescribe and require the use of such uniform
22    forms, notices, and other supplies not inconsistent with
23    the provisions of this Act as it shall deem advisable which
24    shall be used by election authorities in the conduct of
25    elections and registrations;
26        (5) Prepare and certify the form of ballot for any



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1    proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of
2    Illinois, or any referendum to be submitted to the electors
3    throughout the State or, when required to do so by law, to
4    the voters of any area or unit of local government of the
5    State;
6        (6) Require such statistical reports regarding the
7    conduct of elections and registration from election
8    authorities as may be deemed necessary;
9        (7) Review and inspect procedures and records relating
10    to conduct of elections and registration as may be deemed
11    necessary, and to report violations of election laws to the
12    appropriate State's Attorney or the Attorney General;
13        (8) Recommend to the General Assembly legislation to
14    improve the administration of elections and registration;
15        (9) Adopt, amend or rescind rules and regulations in
16    the performance of its duties provided that all such rules
17    and regulations must be consistent with the provisions of
18    this Article 1A or issued pursuant to authority otherwise
19    provided by law;
20        (10) Determine the validity and sufficiency of
21    petitions filed under Article XIV, Section 3, of the
22    Constitution of the State of Illinois of 1970;
23        (11) Maintain in its principal office a research
24    library that includes, but is not limited to, abstracts of
25    votes by precinct for general primary elections and general
26    elections, current precinct maps and current precinct poll



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1    lists from all election jurisdictions within the State. The
2    research library shall be open to the public during regular
3    business hours. Such abstracts, maps and lists shall be
4    preserved as permanent records and shall be available for
5    examination and copying at a reasonable cost;
6        (12) Supervise the administration of the registration
7    and election laws throughout the State;
8        (13) Obtain from the Department of Central Management
9    Services, under Section 405-250 of the Department of
10    Central Management Services Law (20 ILCS 405/405-250),
11    such use of electronic data processing equipment as may be
12    required to perform the duties of the State Board of
13    Elections and to provide election-related information to
14    candidates, public and party officials, interested civic
15    organizations and the general public in a timely and
16    efficient manner, provided that the State Board of
17    Elections shall not post the home address of any Supreme,
18    Appellate, or Circuit Judge, or any candidate for Supreme,
19    Appellate, or Circuit Judge, on its website; and
20        (14) To take such action as may be necessary or
21    required to give effect to directions of the national
22    committee or State central committee of an established
23    political party under Sections 7-8, 7-11 and 7-14.1 or such
24    other provisions as may be applicable pertaining to the
25    selection of delegates and alternate delegates to an
26    established political party's national nominating



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1    conventions or, notwithstanding any candidate
2    certification schedule contained within the Election Code,
3    the certification of the Presidential and Vice
4    Presidential candidate selected by the established
5    political party's national nominating convention.
6    The Board may by regulation delegate any of its duties or
7functions under this Article, except that final determinations
8and orders under this Article shall be issued only by the
10    The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly shall
11be satisfied by filing copies of the report with the Speaker,
12the Minority Leader and the Clerk of the House of
13Representatives and the President, the Minority Leader and the
14Secretary of the Senate and the Legislative Research Unit, as
15required by Section 3.1 of "An Act to revise the law in
16relation to the General Assembly", approved February 25, 1874,
17as amended, and filing such additional copies with the State
18Government Report Distribution Center for the General Assembly
19as is required under paragraph (t) of Section 7 of the State
20Library Act.
21(Source: P.A. 95-6, eff. 6-20-07; 95-699, eff. 11-9-07.)