(10 ILCS 5/28-13)
(from Ch. 46, par. 28-13)
Each political party and civic organization as well as the
registered proponents and opponents of a proposed
statewide advisory public question shall be entitled to one watcher in
the office of the election authority to observe the conduct of the sample
signature verification. However, in those election jurisdictions where
a 10% sample is required, the proponents and opponents may appoint no more than
5 assistant watchers in addition to the 1 principal watcher permitted herein.
Within 7 days following the last day for filing of the original petition,
the proponents and opponents shall certify in writing to the Board that they
publicly support or oppose the proposed statewide
advisory public question. The proponents and opponents of such questions shall
register the name and address of its group and the name and address of its chair
and designated agent for acceptance of service of notices with
the Board. Thereupon, the Board shall prepare a list of the registered
proponents and opponents and shall adopt a standard proponents' and opponents' watcher
credential form. A copy of such list and sufficient copies of such credentials
shall be transmitted with the list for the sample signature verification
to the appropriate election authorities. Those election authorities shall
issue credentials to the permissible number of watchers for each proponent and opponent
group; provided, however, that a prospective watcher shall first present
to the election authority a letter of authorization signed by the chair
of the proponent or opponent group he or she represents.
Political party and qualified civic organization watcher credentials shall
be substantially in the form and shall be authorized in the manner prescribed
in Section 7-34 of this Code.
The rights and limitations of pollwatchers as prescribed by Section 7-34
of this Code, insofar as they may be made applicable, shall be applicable
to watchers at the conduct of the sample signature verification.
The principal watcher for the proponents and opponents may make signed written
objections to the Board relating to procedures observed during the conduct
of the sample signature verification which could materially affect the results
of the sample. Such written objections shall be presented to the election
authority and a copy mailed to the Board and shall be attached to the certificate
of sample results transmitted by the election authority to the Board.
(Source: P.A. 100-1027, eff. 1-1-19