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91st General Assembly

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 1        AN ACT concerning elections.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The Election  Code  is  amended  by  changing
 5    Section 3-2 as follows:

 6        (10 ILCS 5/3-2) (from Ch. 46, par. 3-2)
 7        Sec.   3-2.   (a)  A  permanent  abode  is  necessary  to
 8    constitute a residence within the meaning of Section 3-1.  No
 9    elector or spouse shall be deemed to have  lost  his  or  her
10    residence  in any precinct or election district in this State
11    by reason of his or her absence on  business  of  the  United
12    States,  or  of  this State. Nothing in this Section shall be
13    construed to prevent homeless individuals from registering to
14    vote under the provisions of this Act.
15        (b)  A homeless individual must have a mailing address in
16    order to be eligible to register to vote.   For  purposes  of
17    this  Act,  a  mailing address is shall constitute a homeless
18    individual's  residence  for  voting  purposes.   A   mailing
19    address  of  a  homeless  individual  may include, but is not
20    limited to, a shelter, a day shelter, or a private residence.
21        Election authorities may by reasonable  rules  limit  the
22    place where voter registration of homeless individuals may be
23    taken  and  the  class  of deputy registrars who may take the
24    voter registration of homeless individuals.
25        (c)  Nothing in this Act shall  be  construed  to  confer
26    upon   homeless  individuals  any  additional  privileges  or
27    benefits other than the right to register to vote and  to  be
28    qualified  to  vote in an election under Articles 4, 5, and 6
29    of this Code.
30    (Source: P.A. 87-1241.)

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