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AN ACT concerning elections.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Election Code is amended by adding Section
17-14.1 as follows:
(10 ILCS 5/17-14.1 new)
Foreign language ballots.
(a) As used in this Section:
"Election information" means all information necessary for
the public to participate fully and freely in all elections,
including but not limited to, voter registration forms,
candidate qualifying forms (but not nomination petitions),
candidate information pamphlets, voter information pamphlets,
vote by mail and regular ballots, and information about poll
locations and hours of operation. "Election information" shall
not include the website of an election authority, but if an
election authority is required by this Section to provide
foreign language election information anywhere in its
jurisdiction, the front page of the website shall indicate how
persons speaking the foreign language or languages in the
jurisdiction can access foreign language election information.
The indication required in this subsection shall be in the
language or languages of the population that triggered the
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applicability of this Section.
"Foreign language" means Chinese, Korean, Polish, Spanish,
and any combination of Gujarati, Hindi, and Urdu.
"Limited English proficiency" means a person who has been
estimated by the American Community Survey to speak English
less than "very well".
"Table B16001" means the dataset published by the U.S.
Census Bureau or American Community Survey titled "Language
spoken at home by ability to speak English for the population 5
years and over" and identified as Table B16001, or any
substantially similar dataset the U.S. Census or American
Community Survey publishes following any future survey.
(b) On or before June 1, 2016 and on or before June 1 of
every subsequent year ending in a 1 or a 6, each election
authority shall report to the State Board of Elections all
census tracts in its jurisdiction in which Table B16001
demonstrates that the American Community Survey has estimated
that more than 10% of the persons residing within that census
tract who speak the same foreign language have been identified
as having limited English proficiency. The election authority
shall use information from the most recent American Community
Survey estimate. The State Board of Elections shall make this
list publicly available on its website on or before June 30 of
the same year.
(c) Beginning with the general election held in 2016, any
election authority reporting census tracts to the State Board
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of Elections pursuant to subsection (b) of this Section shall
make all election information available in the primary
non-English language of the persons having limited English
proficiency identified in Table B16001. Ballots in these
foreign languages need only be available to voters registered
in the precincts that overlap with the census tracts identified
in the reports required in subsection (b). If the foreign
language that triggers the applicability of this Section is the
combination of Gujarati, Hindi, and Urdu, then ballots shall be
made available in Hindi only, but the election authority shall
make a good-faith effort to recruit Gujarati and Urdu election
judges in precincts that overlap the census tracts where the
American Community Survey estimates Gujarati and Urdu speakers
(d) Nothing in this Section requires an election authority
to make election information available in the primary
non-English language of the Limited English Proficiency
persons prior to June 1, 2016.
This Act takes effect upon