(10 ILCS 5/5-16.2)
(from Ch. 46, par. 5-16.2)
(a) The county clerk shall appoint all municipal and
township clerks or their duly authorized deputies as deputy registrars who
may accept the registration of all qualified residents of the State.
The county clerk shall appoint all precinct committeepersons in the county
as deputy registrars who may accept the registration of any qualified resident
of the State, except during the 27 days preceding an election.
The county clerk shall appoint each of the following named persons as deputy
registrars upon the written request of such persons:
1. The chief librarian, or a qualified person
designated by the chief librarian, of any public library situated within the election jurisdiction, who may accept the registrations of any qualified resident of the State, at such library.
2. The principal, or a qualified person designated by
the principal, of any high school, elementary school, or vocational school situated within the election jurisdiction, who may accept the registrations of any resident of the State, at such school. The county clerk shall notify every principal and vice-principal of each high school, elementary school, and vocational school situated within the election jurisdiction of their eligibility to serve as deputy registrars and offer training courses for service as deputy registrars at conveniently located facilities at least 4 months prior to every election.
3. The president, or a qualified person designated by
the president, of any university, college, community college, academy or other institution of learning situated within the election jurisdiction, who may accept the registrations of any resident of the State, at such university, college, community college, academy or institution.
4. A duly elected or appointed official of a bona
fide labor organization, or a reasonable number of qualified members designated by such official, who may accept the registrations of any qualified resident of the State.
5. A duly elected or appointed official of a bona
fide State civic organization, as defined and determined by rule of the State Board of Elections, or qualified members designated by such official, who may accept the registration of any qualified resident of the State. In determining the number of deputy registrars that shall be appointed, the county clerk shall consider the population of the jurisdiction, the size of the organization, the geographic size of the jurisdiction, convenience for the public, the existing number of deputy registrars in the jurisdiction and their location, the registration activities of the organization and the need to appoint deputy registrars to assist and facilitate the registration of non-English speaking individuals. In no event shall a county clerk fix an arbitrary number applicable to every civic organization requesting appointment of its members as deputy registrars. The State Board of Elections shall by rule provide for certification of bona fide State civic organizations. Such appointments shall be made for a period not to exceed 2 years, terminating on the first business day of the month following the month of the general election, and shall be valid for all periods of voter registration as provided by this Code during the terms of such appointments.
6. The Director of Healthcare and Family Services, or
a reasonable number of employees designated by the Director and located at public aid offices, who may accept the registration of any qualified resident of the county at any such public aid office.
7. The Director of the Illinois Department of
Employment Security, or a reasonable number of employees designated by the Director and located at unemployment offices, who may accept the registration of any qualified resident of the county at any such unemployment office.
8. The president of any corporation as defined by the
Business Corporation Act of 1983, or a reasonable number of employees designated by such president, who may accept the registrations of any qualified resident of the State.
If the request to be appointed as deputy registrar is denied, the
county clerk shall, within 10 days after the date the request is submitted,
provide the affected individual or organization with written notice setting
forth the specific reasons or criteria relied upon to deny the request to
be appointed as deputy registrar.
The county clerk may appoint as many additional deputy registrars as he
considers necessary. The county clerk shall appoint such additional deputy
registrars in such manner that the convenience of the public is served,
giving due consideration to both population concentration and area. Some
of the additional deputy registrars shall be selected so that there are an
equal number from each of the 2 major political parties in the election
jurisdiction. The county clerk, in appointing an additional deputy
registrar, shall make the appointment from a list of applicants submitted
by the Chair of the County Central Committee of the applicant's
political party. A Chair of a County Central Committee shall submit a
list of applicants to the county clerk by November 30 of each year. The
county clerk may require a Chair of a County Central Committee to
furnish a supplemental list of applicants.
Deputy registrars may accept registrations at any time other than the 27
day period preceding an election. All persons appointed as deputy
registrars shall be registered voters within the county and shall take and
subscribe to the following oath or affirmation:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support
the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State
of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office
of deputy registrar to the best of my ability and that I will register
no person nor cause the registration of any person except upon his personal
application before me.
(Signature of Deputy Registrar)"
This oath shall be administered by the county clerk, or by one of his
deputies, or by any person qualified to take acknowledgement of deeds and
shall immediately thereafter be filed with the county clerk.
Appointments of deputy registrars under this Section, except precinct committeepersons, shall be for 2-year terms, commencing on December 1 following
the general election of each even-numbered year, except that the terms of
the initial appointments shall be until December 1st following the next
general election. Appointments of precinct committeepersons shall be for
2-year terms commencing on the date of the county convention following the
general primary at which they were elected. The county clerk shall issue a
certificate of appointment to each deputy registrar, and shall maintain in
his office for public inspection a list of the names of all appointees.
(b) The county clerk shall be responsible for training all deputy registrars
appointed pursuant to subsection (a), at times and locations reasonably
convenient for both the county clerk and such appointees. The county clerk
shall be responsible for certifying and supervising all deputy registrars
appointed pursuant to subsection (a). Deputy registrars appointed under
subsection (a) shall be subject to removal for cause.
Completed registration materials under the control of deputy registrars,
appointed pursuant to subsection (a), shall be returned to the appointing election
authority by first-class mail within 2 business days or personal delivery within 7 days, except that completed registration materials
received by the deputy registrars during the period between the 35th and
28th day preceding an election shall be returned by the deputy
the appointing election authority within 48 hours after receipt thereof. The
completed registration materials received by the deputy registrars on the
28th day preceding an election shall be returned by the deputy
registrars within 24 hours after receipt thereof.
Unused materials shall be returned by deputy
registrars appointed pursuant to paragraph 4 of subsection (a), not later
than the next working day following the close of registration.
(d) The county clerk or board of election commissioners, as the case may
be, must provide any additional forms requested by any deputy registrar
regardless of the number of unaccounted registration forms the deputy registrar
may have in his or her possession.
(e) No deputy registrar shall engage in any electioneering or the promotion
of any cause during the performance of his or her duties.
(f) The county clerk shall not be criminally or civilly liable for the
acts or omissions of any deputy registrar. Such deputy registers shall not
be deemed to be employees of the county clerk.
(g) Completed registration materials returned by deputy registrars for persons residing outside the county shall be transmitted by the county clerk within 2 days after receipt to the election authority of the person's election jurisdiction of residence.
(Source: P.A. 100-1027, eff. 1-1-19