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10 ILCS 5/16-5.01
(10 ILCS 5/16-5.01)
(from Ch. 46, par. 16-5.01)
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this Code, the election authority shall, at least 46
days prior to the date of any election at which federal officers
are elected and 45 days prior to any other regular election, have a
sufficient number of ballots printed so that such ballots will be available
for mailing 45 days prior to the date of the election to persons who have
filed application for a ballot under the provisions of Article 20 of this Code.
(b) If at any election at which federal offices are elected
or nominated the election authority is unable to comply with the provisions
of subsection (a), the election authority shall mail to each such person, in
lieu of the ballot, a Special Write-in Vote by Mail Voter's Blank Ballot.
The Special Write-in Vote by Mail Voter's Blank Ballot shall be used at
all elections at which federal officers are elected or nominated and shall be
prepared by the election authority in substantially the following form:
Special Write-in Vote by Mail Voter's Blank Ballot
(To vote for a person, write the title of the office and his or her name
on the lines provided. Place to the left of and opposite the title of
office a square and place a cross (X) in the square.)
Title of Office Name of Candidate
The election authority shall send with the Special Write-in Vote by Mail
Voter's Blank Ballot a list of all referenda for which the voter is qualified
to vote and all candidates for whom nomination papers have been filed and
for whom the voter is qualified to vote. The voter shall be entitled to
write in the name of any candidate seeking
election and any referenda for which he or she is entitled to vote.
On the back or outside of the ballot, so as to appear when folded, shall
be printed the words "Official Ballot", the date of the election and a
facsimile of the signature of the election authority who has caused the
ballot to be printed.
The provisions of Article 20, insofar as they may be applicable to the
Special Write-in Vote by Mail Voter's Blank Ballot, shall be applicable herein.
(c) Notwithstanding any provision of this Code or other law
to the contrary, the governing body of a municipality may adopt, upon submission of a written statement by the municipality's election authority attesting to the administrative ability of the election authority to administer an election using a ranked ballot to the municipality's governing body,
an ordinance requiring, and that municipality's election
authority shall prepare, a ranked vote by mail ballot for
municipal and township office candidates to be voted on in the consolidated
This ranked ballot shall be for use only by
a qualified voter who either is a member of the United States
military or will be outside of the United States on the
consolidated primary election day and the consolidated
election day. The ranked ballot shall contain a list of the
titles of all municipal and township offices potentially contested at both the consolidated
primary election and the consolidated election and the candidates for each office and shall
permit the elector to vote in the consolidated election by
indicating his or her order of preference for each candidate
for each office. To indicate his or her order of preference for
each candidate for each office, the voter shall put the number
one next to the name of the candidate who is the voter's first
choice, the number 2 for his or her second choice, and so forth
so that, in consecutive numerical order, a number indicating
the voter's preference is written by the voter next to each
candidate's name on the ranked ballot. The voter shall not be required
to indicate his or her preference for more than one candidate
on the ranked ballot. The voter may not cast a write-in vote using the ranked ballot for the consolidated election. The election authority shall, if using the
ranked vote by mail ballot authorized by this subsection, also
prepare instructions for use of the ranked ballot. The ranked ballot for the consolidated election shall be mailed to the voter at the same time that the ballot for the consolidated primary election is mailed to the voter and the election authority shall accept the completed ranked ballot for the consolidated election when the authority accepts the completed ballot for the consolidated primary election.
The voter shall also be sent a vote by mail ballot for the consolidated election for those races that are not related to the results of the consolidated primary election as soon as the consolidated election ballot is certified.
The State Board of Elections shall adopt rules for election
authorities for the implementation of this subsection,
including, but not limited to, the application for and counting
of ranked ballots.
(Source: P.A. 102-15, eff. 6-17-21; 103-154, eff. 6-30-23.)