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(10 ILCS 5/7-47.1)
(from Ch. 46, par. 7-47.1)
(a) In the case of an emergency, as determined by the
State Board of Elections, or if the Board determines that all potential
polling places have been surveyed by the election authority and that no
accessible polling place, as defined by rule of the State Board of
Elections, is available within a precinct nor is the election authority
able to make a polling place within the precinct temporarily accessible,
the Board, upon written application by the election authority, is
authorized to grant an exemption from the accessibility requirements of the
Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (Public
Law 98-435). Such exemption shall be valid for a period of 2 years.
(b) Any temporarily or permanently physically disabled voter who,
because of structural features of the building in which the polling place
is located, is unable to access or enter the polling place, may request
that 2 judges of election of opposite party affiliation deliver a ballot to
him or her at the point where he or she is unable to continue forward
motion toward the polling place; but, in no case, shall a ballot be
delivered to the voter beyond 50 feet of the entrance to the building in
which the polling place is located. Such request shall be made to the
election authority not later than the close of business at the election
authority's office on the day before the election and on a form prescribed
by the State Board of Elections. The election authority shall notify the
judges of election for the appropriate precinct polling places of such requests.
Weather permitting, 2 judges of election shall deliver to the
disabled voter the ballot which he or she is entitled to vote, a portable
voting booth or other enclosure that will allow such voter to mark his or
her ballot in secrecy, and a marking device.
(c) The voter must complete the entire voting process, including the
application for ballot from which the judges of election shall compare the
voter's signature with the signature on his or her registration record card
in the precinct binder.
After the voter has marked his or her ballot and placed it in the
ballot envelope (or folded it in the manner prescribed for paper ballots),
the 2 judges of election shall return the ballot to the polling place and
give it to the judge in charge of the ballot box who shall deposit it therein.
Pollwatchers as provided in Sections 7-34 and 17-23 of this Code shall
be permitted to accompany the judges and observe the above procedure.
No assistance may be given to such voter in marking his or her ballot,
unless the voter requests assistance and completes the affidavit required
by Section 17-14 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 84-808.)