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ELECTIONS
(10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.

10 ILCS 5/24A-17

    (10 ILCS 5/24A-17) (from Ch. 46, par. 24A-17)
    Sec. 24A-17. The State Board of Elections may make reasonable rules for the administration of this Article and may prescribe the number of voting booths required for the various types of voting systems.
(Source: P.A. 78-918.)

10 ILCS 5/24A-18

    (10 ILCS 5/24A-18) (from Ch. 46, par. 24A-18)
    Sec. 24A-18. When an electronic voting system is used, the election authority shall cause to be published, at least 5 days before the day of each general and general primary election, in 2 or more newspapers published in and having a general circulation in the county, a true and legible copy of the specimen ballot label containing the names of offices and candidates and statements of measures to be voted on, as near as may be, in the form in which they will appear on the official ballot label on election day. Such true legible copy may be in the form of an actual size ballot label booklet and shall be published as required by this section if distributed in 2 or more newspapers published in and having a general circulation in the county as an insert thereto. For each election prescribed in Article 2A of this Code, such specimen ballots shall be made available for public distribution and shall be supplied to the judges of election for posting in the polling place on the day of election. Notice for the nonpartisan and consolidated elections shall be given as provided in Article 12.
(Source: P.A. 81-1535.)

10 ILCS 5/24A-20

    (10 ILCS 5/24A-20)
    Sec. 24A-20. State Board testing of electronic ballot forms using direct recording electronic voting systems. The State Board of Elections may test direct recording electronic voting systems. Testing by the State Board of Elections shall include the operation of direct recording electronic voting systems during a mock voting procedure and during a mock contested election in which ballots are objected to or recounted. The State Board of Elections shall certify to the General Assembly the results of any tests it performs under this Section. Notwithstanding the results of the State Board of Elections test and its certification to the General Assembly, nothing in this Section shall authorize the use of a direct recording electronic voting system unless further authorized by the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 90-745, eff. 8-14-98.)

10 ILCS 5/24A-22

    (10 ILCS 5/24A-22)
    Sec. 24A-22. Definition of a vote.
    (a) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, for the purpose of this Article, a person casts a valid vote on a punch card ballot when:
        (1) A chad on the card has at least one corner
    
detached from the card;
        (2) The fibers of paper on at least one edge of the
    
chad are broken in a way that permits unimpeded light to be seen through the card; or
        (3) An indentation on the chad from the stylus or
    
other object is present and indicates a clearly ascertainable intent of the voter to vote based on the totality of the circumstances, including but not limited to any pattern or frequency of indentations on other ballot positions from the same ballot card.
    (b) Write-in votes shall be counted in a manner consistent with the existing provisions of this Code.
    (c) For purposes of this Section, a "chad" is that portion of a ballot card that a voter punches or perforates with a stylus or other designated marking device to manifest his or her vote for a particular ballot position on a ballot card as defined in subsection (a).
    (d) Prior to the original counting of any punch card ballots, an election judge may not alter a punch card ballot in any manner, including, but not limited to, the removal or manipulation of chads.
(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03; 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)

10 ILCS 5/Art. 24B

 
    (10 ILCS 5/Art. 24B heading)
ARTICLE 24B. ELECTRONIC, MECHANICAL OR
ELECTRIC VOTING SYSTEMS WITH
PRECINCT TABULATION OPTICAL SCAN
TECHNOLOGY CAPABILITY

10 ILCS 5/24B-1

    (10 ILCS 5/24B-1)
    Sec. 24B-1. Purpose. The purpose of this Article is to authorize the use of Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting systems approved by the State Board of Elections. In using Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology, the voters or precinct judges record votes by means of inserting marked ballots in scanning and tabulating machines, which machines have voting defect identification capability, and are so designed that ballots will be counted by such machines at one or more counting places. This Article does not apply to voting systems without voting defect identification technology capability. This Article authorizes the use of Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting systems for both central counting and in-precinct counting applications.
(Source: P.A. 89-394, eff. 1-1-97.)

10 ILCS 5/24B-2

    (10 ILCS 5/24B-2)
    Sec. 24B-2. Definitions. As used in this Article:
    "Computer", "automatic tabulating equipment" or "equipment" includes apparatus necessary to automatically examine and count votes as designated on ballots, and data processing machines which can be used for counting ballots and tabulating results.
    "Ballot" means paper ballot sheets.
    "Ballot configuration" means the particular combination of political subdivision ballots including, for each political subdivision, the particular combination of offices, candidate names and questions as it appears for each group of voters who may cast the same ballot.
    "Ballot sheet" means a paper ballot printed on one or both sides which is (1) designed and prepared so that the voter may indicate his or her votes in designated areas, which must be areas clearly printed or otherwise delineated for such purpose, and (2) capable of having votes marked in the designated areas automatically examined, counted, and tabulated by an electronic scanning process.
    "Central counting" means the counting of ballots in one or more locations selected by the election authority for the processing or counting, or both, of ballots. A location for central counting shall be within the territorial jurisdiction of the election authority unless there is no suitable tabulating equipment available within his territorial jurisdiction. However, in any event a counting location shall be within this State.
    "Computer operator" means any person or persons designated by the election authority to operate the automatic tabulating equipment during any portion of the vote tallying process in an election, but shall not include judges of election operating vote tabulating equipment in the precinct.
    "Computer program" or "program" means the set of operating instructions for the automatic tabulating equipment that examines, counts, tabulates, canvasses and prints votes recorded by a voter on a ballot.
    "Edit listing" means a computer generated listing of the names of each candidate and proposition as they appear in the program for each precinct.
    "Header sheet" means a data processing document which is coded to indicate to the computer the precinct identity of the ballots that will follow immediately and may indicate to the computer how such ballots are to be tabulated.
    "In-precinct counting" means the counting of ballots on automatic tabulating equipment provided by the election authority in the same precinct polling place in which those ballots have been cast.
    "Marking device" means a pen, computer, or other device approved by the State Board of Elections for marking, or causing to be marked, a paper ballot with ink or other substance which will enable the ballot to be tabulated by automatic tabulating equipment or by an electronic scanning process.
    "Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology" means the capability to examine a ballot through electronic means and tabulate the votes at one or more counting places.
    "Redundant count" means a verification of the original computer count by another count using compatible equipment or by hand as part of a discovery recount.
    "Security designation" means a printed designation placed on a ballot to identify to the computer program the offices and propositions for which votes may be cast and to indicate the manner in which votes cast should be tabulated while negating any inadmissible votes.
    "Separate ballot", with respect to ballot sheets, means a separate portion of the ballot sheet which is clearly defined by a border or borders or shading.
    "Specimen ballot" means a representation of names of offices and candidates and statements of measures to be voted on which will appear on the official ballot or marking device on election day. The specimen ballot also contains the party and position number where applicable.
    "Voting defect identification" means the capability to detect overvoted ballots or ballots which cannot be read by the automatic tabulating equipment.
    "Voting defects" means an overvoted ballot, or a ballot which cannot be read by the automatic tabulating equipment.
    "Voting system" or "electronic voting system" means that combination of equipment and programs used in the casting, examination and tabulation of ballots and the cumulation and reporting of results by electronic means.
(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)

10 ILCS 5/24B-3

    (10 ILCS 5/24B-3)
    Sec. 24B-3. Adoption, experimentation or abandonment of Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology system; Boundaries of precincts; Notice. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, any county board, board of county commissioners and any board of election commissioners, with respect to territory within its jurisdiction, may adopt, experiment with, or abandon a Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting system approved for use by the State Board of Elections and may use the Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting system in all or some of the precincts within its jurisdiction, or in combination with paper ballots or voting machines. Any county board, board of county commissioners or board of election commissioners may contract for the tabulation of votes at a location outside its territorial jurisdiction when there is no suitable tabulating equipment available within its territorial jurisdiction. In no case may a county board, board of county commissioners or board of election commissioners contract or arrange for the purchase, lease or loan of an electronic Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting system or Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting system component without the approval of the State Board of Elections as provided by Section 24B-16. However, the county board and board of county commissioners of each county having a population of 40,000 or more, with respect to all elections for which the county board or the county clerk is charged with the duty of providing materials and supplies, and each board of election commissioners in a municipality having a population of 40,000 or more, with respect to elections under its jurisdiction, must provide either Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting systems approved for use by the State Board of Elections under this Article or voting systems under Article 24A or Article 24 for each precinct for all such elections except as provided in Section 24-1.2. For purposes of this Section 24B-3, the term "population" does not include persons prohibited from voting by Section 3-5 of this Code.
    Before any such Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology system is introduced, adopted or used in any precinct or territory at least 2 months public notice must be given before the date of the first election where the Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting system is to be used. The election authority shall publish the notice at least once in one or more newspapers published within the county, or other jurisdiction, where the election is held. If there is no such newspaper, the notice shall be published in a newspaper published in the county and having a general circulation within such jurisdiction. The notice shall be substantially as follows:
    Notice is hereby given that on (give date), at (give place where election is held) in the county of ...., an election will be held for (give name of offices to be filled) at which a Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology electronic voting system will be used.
    Dated at.... on (insert date).
    This notice referred to shall be given only at the first election at which the Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting machines or Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting systems are used.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

10 ILCS 5/24B-3.1

    (10 ILCS 5/24B-3.1)
    Sec. 24B-3.1. Retention or consolidation or alteration of existing precincts; Change of location. When a Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology electronic voting system is used, the county board or board of election commissioners may retain existing precincts or may consolidate, combine, alter, decrease or enlarge the boundaries of the precincts to change the number of registered voters of the precincts using the electronic Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting system, establishing the number of registered voters within each precinct at a number not to exceed 800 as the appropriate county board or board of election commissioners determines will afford adequate voting facilities and efficient and economical elections.
    Except in the event of a fire, flood or total loss of heat in a place fixed or established pursuant to law by any county board or board of election commissioners as a polling place for an election, no election authority shall change the location of a polling place established for any precinct after notice of the place of holding the election for that precinct has been given as required under Article 12 unless the election authority notifies all registered voters in the precinct of the change in location by first class mail in sufficient time for the notice to be received by the registered voters in the precinct at least one day prior to the date of the election.
(Source: P.A. 89-394, eff. 1-1-97.)

10 ILCS 5/24B-4

    (10 ILCS 5/24B-4)
    Sec. 24B-4. Use of Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology System; Requisites; Applicable procedure. Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting systems may be used in elections provided that the Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology systems enable the voter to cast a vote for all offices and on all measures on which he or she is entitled to vote, and that the automatic Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology tabulating equipment may be set to return any ballot sheet on which the number of votes for an office or proposition exceeds the number of votes which the voter is entitled to cast, or any ballot sheet which cannot be read by the automatic tabulating equipment, and provided that such systems are approved for use by the State Board of Elections.
    So far as applicable, the procedure provided for voting paper ballots shall apply when Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology electronic voting systems are used. However, the provisions of this Article 24B will govern when there are conflicts.
(Source: P.A. 89-394, eff. 1-1-97.)

10 ILCS 5/24B-5

    (10 ILCS 5/24B-5)
    Sec. 24B-5. Voting Booths. In precincts where an electronic Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting system is used, a sufficient number of voting booths shall be provided for the use of the systems according to the requirements determined by the State Board of Elections, and the booths shall be arranged in the same manner as provided for use with paper ballots. Each booth shall be placed so that the entrance to each booth faces a wall in a manner that no judge of election or pollwatcher is able to observe a voter casting a ballot.
(Source: P.A. 89-394, eff. 1-1-97.)

10 ILCS 5/24B-5.1

    (10 ILCS 5/24B-5.1)
    Sec. 24B-5.1. Instruction of Voters; Instruction Model; Partiality to Political Party; Manner of Instruction. Before entering the voting booth each voter shall be offered instruction in the marking of the Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology ballot sheet. In instructing voters, no precinct official may show partiality to any political party. The duties of instruction shall be discharged by a judge from each of the political parties represented and they shall alternate serving as instructor so that each judge shall serve a like time at such duties. No instructions may be given after the voter has entered the voting booth.
    No precinct official, or person assisting a voter may in any manner request, suggest, or seek to persuade or induce any voter to cast his or her vote for any particular ticket, candidate, amendment, question or proposition. All instructions shall be given by precinct officials in a manner that it may be observed by other persons in the polling place.
(Source: P.A. 89-394, eff. 1-1-97; 89-700, eff. 1-17-97.)