Bill Text: IL HB0780 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed


Bill Title: Amends the Election Code. Provides that no candidate for President or Vice President of the United States shall appear on the official ballot if that candidate has not filed copies of all of his or her tax returns with the State Board of Elections at least 50 days prior to the general election. Defines "tax returns" to mean any tax returns filed with the federal Internal Revenue Service for the 5-year period prior to the general election.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 46-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-04-28 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee [HB0780 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB0780-Engrossed.html



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1 AN ACT concerning elections.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Election Code is amended by changing Section
521-1 as follows:
6 (10 ILCS 5/21-1) (from Ch. 46, par. 21-1)
7 Sec. 21-1. Choosing and election of electors of President
8and Vice-President of the United States shall be in the
9following manner:
10 (a) In each year in which a President and Vice-President of
11the United States are chosen, each political party or group in
12this State shall choose by its State Convention or State
13central committee electors of President and Vice-President of
14the United States and such State Convention or State central
15committee of such party or group shall also choose electors at
16large, if any are to be appointed for this State and such State
17Convention or State central committee of such party or group
18shall by its chairman and secretary certify the total list of
19such electors together with electors at large so chosen to the
20State Board of Elections.
21 The filing of such certificate with the Board, of such
22choosing of electors shall be deemed and taken to be the
23choosing and selection of the electors of this State, if such

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1party or group is successful at the polls as herein provided in
2choosing their candidates for President and Vice-President of
3the United States.
4 (b) The names of the candidates of the several political
5parties or groups for electors of President and Vice-President
6shall not be printed on the official ballot to be voted in the
7election to be held on the day in this Act above named. In lieu
8of the names of the candidates for such electors of President
9and Vice-President, immediately under the appellation of party
10name of a party or group in the column of its candidates on the
11official ballot, to be voted at said election first above named
12in subsection (1) of Section 2A-1.2 and Section 2A-2, there
13shall be printed within a bracket the name of the candidate for
14President and the name of the candidate for Vice-President of
15such party or group with a square to the left of such bracket.
16Each voter in this State from the several lists or sets of
17electors so chosen and selected by the said respective
18political parties or groups, may choose and elect one of such
19lists or sets of electors by placing a cross in the square to
20the left of the bracket aforesaid of one of such parties or
21groups. Placing a cross within the square before the bracket
22enclosing the names of President and Vice-President shall not
23be deemed and taken as a direct vote for such candidates for
24President and Vice-President, or either of them, but shall only
25be deemed and taken to be a vote for the entire list or set of
26electors chosen by that political party or group so certified

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1to the State Board of Elections as herein provided. Voting by
2means of placing a cross in the appropriate place preceding the
3appellation or title of the particular political party or
4group, shall not be deemed or taken as a direct vote for the
5candidates for President and Vice-President, or either of them,
6but instead to the Presidential vote, as a vote for the entire
7list or set of electors chosen by that political party or group
8so certified to the State Board of Elections as herein
9provided.
10 (b-5) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of
11this Section, no candidate for President or Vice President of
12the United States shall appear on the official ballot if that
13candidate has not filed copies of all of his or her tax returns
14with the State Board of Elections. The tax returns must be
15filed at least 50 days prior to the general election.
16 As used in this subsection (b-5), "tax returns" means any
17tax returns filed with the Federal Internal Revenue Service for
18the 5-year period prior to the general election.
19 (c) Such certification by the respective political parties
20or groups in this State of electors of President and
21Vice-President shall be made to the State Board of Elections
22within 2 days after such State convention or meeting of the
23State central committee in which the electors were chosen.
24 (d) Should more than one certificate of choice and
25selection of electors of the same political party or group be
26filed by contesting conventions or contesting groups, it shall

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1be the duty of the State Board of Elections within 10 days
2after the adjournment of the last of such conventions to meet
3and determine which set of nominees for electors of such party
4or group was chosen and selected by the authorized convention
5of such party or group. The Board, after notice to the chairman
6and secretaries or managers of the conventions or groups and
7after a hearing shall determine which set of electors was so
8chosen by the authorized convention and shall so announce and
9publish the fact, and such decision shall be final and the set
10of electors so determined upon by the electoral board to be so
11chosen shall be the list or set of electors to be deemed
12elected if that party shall be successful at the polls, as
13herein provided.
14 (e) Should a vacancy occur in the choice of an elector in a
15congressional district, such vacancy may be filled by the
16executive committee of the party or group for such
17congressional district, to be certified by such committee to
18the State Board of Elections. Should a vacancy occur in the
19office of elector at large, such vacancy shall be filled by the
20State committee of such political party or group, and certified
21by it to the State Board of Elections.
22(Source: P.A. 99-522, eff. 6-30-16.)
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