Bill Text: IL HB3519 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed

Bill Title: Amends the Election Code. In the definition of "signature", includes a named signed in ink or signed in digitized form (rather than a name signed in ink or in digitized form). Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-08-04 - Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments [HB3519 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB3519-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
51-3 as follows:
6 (10 ILCS 5/1-3) (from Ch. 46, par. 1-3)
7 Sec. 1-3. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise
9 1. "Election" includes the submission of all questions of
10public policy, propositions, and all measures submitted to
11popular vote, and includes primary elections when so indicated
12by the context.
13 2. "Regular election" means the general, general primary,
14consolidated and consolidated primary elections regularly
15scheduled in Article 2A. The even numbered year municipal
16primary established in Article 2A is a regular election only
17with respect to those municipalities in which a primary is
18required to be held on such date.
19 3. "Special election" means an election not regularly
20recurring at fixed intervals, irrespective of whether it is
21held at the same time and place and by the same election
22officers as a regular election.
23 4. "General election" means the biennial election at which

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1members of the General Assembly are elected. "General primary
2election", "consolidated election" and "consolidated primary
3election" mean the respective elections or the election dates
4designated and established in Article 2A of this Code.
5 5. "Municipal election" means an election or primary,
6either regular or special, in cities, villages, and
7incorporated towns; and "municipality" means any such city,
8village or incorporated town.
9 6. "Political or governmental subdivision" means any unit
10of local government, or school district in which elections are
11or may be held. "Political or governmental subdivision" also
12includes, for election purposes, Regional Boards of School
13Trustees, and Township Boards of School Trustees.
14 7. The word "township" and the word "town" shall apply
15interchangeably to the type of governmental organization
16established in accordance with the provisions of the Township
17Code. The term "incorporated town" shall mean a municipality
18referred to as an incorporated town in the Illinois Municipal
19Code, as now or hereafter amended.
20 8. "Election authority" means a county clerk or a Board of
21Election Commissioners.
22 9. "Election Jurisdiction" means (a) an entire county, in
23the case of a county in which no city board of election
24commissioners is located or which is under the jurisdiction of
25a county board of election commissioners; (b) the territorial
26jurisdiction of a city board of election commissioners; and (c)

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1the territory in a county outside of the jurisdiction of a city
2board of election commissioners. In each instance election
3jurisdiction shall be determined according to which election
4authority maintains the permanent registration records of
5qualified electors.
6 10. "Local election official" means the clerk or secretary
7of a unit of local government or school district, as the case
8may be, the treasurer of a township board of school trustees,
9and the regional superintendent of schools with respect to the
10various school officer elections and school referenda for which
11the regional superintendent is assigned election duties by The
12School Code, as now or hereafter amended.
13 11. "Judges of election", "primary judges" and similar
14terms, as applied to cases where there are 2 sets of judges,
15when used in connection with duties at an election during the
16hours the polls are open, refer to the team of judges of
17election on duty during such hours; and, when used with
18reference to duties after the closing of the polls, refer to
19the team of tally judges designated to count the vote after the
20closing of the polls and the holdover judges designated
21pursuant to Section 13-6.2 or 14-5.2. In such case, where,
22after the closing of the polls, any act is required to be
23performed by each of the judges of election, it shall be
24performed by each of the tally judges and by each of the
25holdover judges.
26 12. "Petition" of candidacy as used in Sections 7-10 and

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17-10.1 shall consist of a statement of candidacy, candidate's
2statement containing oath, and sheets containing signatures of
3qualified primary electors bound together.
4 13. "Election district" and "precinct", when used with
5reference to a 30-day residence requirement, means the smallest
6constituent territory in which electors vote as a unit at the
7same polling place in any election governed by this Act.
8 14. "District" means any area which votes as a unit for the
9election of any officer, other than the State or a unit of
10local government or school district, and includes, but is not
11limited to, legislative, congressional and judicial districts,
12judicial circuits, county board districts, municipal and
13sanitary district wards, school board districts, and
15 15. "Question of public policy" or "public question" means
16any question, proposition or measure submitted to the voters at
17an election dealing with subject matter other than the
18nomination or election of candidates and shall include, but is
19not limited to, any bond or tax referendum, and questions
20relating to the Constitution.
21 16. "Ordinance providing the form of government of a
22municipality or county pursuant to Article VII of the
23Constitution" includes ordinances, resolutions and petitions
24adopted by referendum which provide for the form of government,
25the officers or the manner of selection or terms of office of
26officers of such municipality or county, pursuant to the

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1provisions of Sections 4, 6 or 7 of Article VII of the
3 17. "List" as used in Sections 4-11, 4-22, 5-14, 5-29,
46-60, and 6-66 shall include a computer tape or computer disc
5or other electronic data processing information containing
6voter information.
7 18. "Accessible" means accessible to persons with
8disabilities and elderly individuals for the purpose of voting
9or registration, as determined by rule of the State Board of
11 19. "Elderly" means 65 years of age or older.
12 20. "Person with a disability" means a person having a
13temporary or permanent physical disability.
14 21. "Leading political party" means one of the two
15political parties whose candidates for governor at the most
16recent three gubernatorial elections received either the
17highest or second highest average number of votes. The
18political party whose candidates for governor received the
19highest average number of votes shall be known as the first
20leading political party and the political party whose
21candidates for governor received the second highest average
22number of votes shall be known as the second leading political
24 22. "Business day" means any day in which the office of an
25election authority, local election official or the State Board
26of Elections is open to the public for a minimum of 7 hours.

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1 23. "Homeless individual" means any person who has a
2nontraditional residence, including, but not limited to, a
3shelter, day shelter, park bench, street corner, or space under
4a bridge.
5 24. "Signature" means a name signed in ink or signed in
6digitized form. This definition does not apply to a nominating
7or candidate petition or a referendum petition.
8 25. "Intelligent mail barcode tracking system" means a
9printed trackable barcode attached to the return business reply
10envelope for mail-in ballots under Article 19 or Article 20
11that allows an election authority to determine the date the
12envelope was mailed in absence of a postmark.
13(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 99-522, eff. 6-30-16.)
14 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
15becoming law.