Bill Text: IL SB1126 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Amends the Election Code. Removes language providing that the county clerk shall furnish updated copies of computer tapes or computer discs containing voter registration information. Provides that a Board of Election Commissioners may appoint 3 judges of election to serve in lieu of the 5 judges of election to serve in a primary election. In provisions requiring the State Board of Elections to publish precinct-by-precinct vote totals on its website, provides that the vote totals shall be for offices and candidates that the State Board of Elections certifies the election results. Provides that the State Board of Elections shall provide written notice not less than 60 days (rather than 30 days) before an election to selected jurisdictions of its intent to conduct a test of the automatic tabulating equipment and program. Provides that within 15 days (rather than 5 days) of receipt of the State Board of Elections' written notice of intent to conduct a test, the selected jurisdictions shall forward a copy of all specimen ballots to the State Board of Elections. Changes the title of the Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems Article to the Direct Recording Electronic Tabulators and Electronic Ballot Marking Devices Article. Changes references to "direct recording voting system" to "direct recording electronic tabulator" throughout the Article. Changes references to "marking device" to "electronic ballot marking device" throughout the Article. Changes references to "public measures" to "public questions" throughout the Act. Makes other changes.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-22 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments [SB1126 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2019-SB1126-Introduced.html


101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
SB1126

Introduced 2/5/2019, by Sen. Terry Link

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
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Amends the Election Code. Removes language providing that the county clerk shall furnish updated copies of computer tapes or computer discs containing voter registration information. Provides that a Board of Election Commissioners may appoint 3 judges of election to serve in lieu of the 5 judges of election to serve in a primary election. In provisions requiring the State Board of Elections to publish precinct-by-precinct vote totals on its website, provides that the vote totals shall be for offices and candidates that the State Board of Elections certifies the election results. Provides that the State Board of Elections shall provide written notice not less than 60 days (rather than 30 days) before an election to selected jurisdictions of its intent to conduct a test of the automatic tabulating equipment and program. Provides that within 15 days (rather than 5 days) of receipt of the State Board of Elections' written notice of intent to conduct a test, the selected jurisdictions shall forward a copy of all specimen ballots to the State Board of Elections. Changes the title of the Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems Article to the Direct Recording Electronic Tabulators and Electronic Ballot Marking Devices Article. Changes references to "direct recording voting system" to "direct recording electronic tabulator" throughout the Article. Changes references to "marking device" to "electronic ballot marking device" throughout the Article. Changes references to "public measures" to "public questions" throughout the Act. Makes other changes.
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A BILL FOR

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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 the
5heading of Article 24C and Sections 4-8, 4-8.03, 5-7, 6-35,
614-3.1, 22-6, 24B-2, 24B-4, 24B-6, 24B-9, 24C-1, 24C-2, 24C-3,
724C-3.1, 24C-4, 24C-5, 24C-5.1, 24C-5.2, 24C-6, 24C-6.1,
824C-7, 24C-8, 24C-9, 24C-10, 24C-11, 24C-12, 24C-13, 24C-14,
924C-15, 24C-15.01, 24C-15.1, 24C-16, 24C-17, 24C-18, 24C-19,
10and 28-9 as follows:
11 (10 ILCS 5/4-8) (from Ch. 46, par. 4-8)
12 Sec. 4-8. Blank forms; duplicate record cards;
13identification of applicants' affidavit of registration;
14registration record. The county clerk shall provide a
15sufficient number of blank forms for the registration of
16electors, which shall be known as registration record cards and
17which shall consist of loose leaf sheets or cards, of suitable
18size to contain in plain writing and figures the data
19hereinafter required thereon or shall consist of computer cards
20of suitable nature to contain the data required thereon. The
21registration record cards, which shall include an affidavit of
22registration as hereinafter provided, shall be executed in
23duplicate.

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1 The registration record card shall contain the following
2and such other information as the county clerk may think it
3proper to require for the identification of the applicant for
4registration:
5 Name. The name of the applicant, giving surname and first
6or Christian name in full, and the middle name or the initial
7for such middle name, if any.
8 Sex.
9 Residence. The name and number of the street, avenue, or
10other location of the dwelling, including the apartment, unit
11or room number, if any, and in the case of a mobile home the lot
12number, and such additional clear and definite description as
13may be necessary to determine the exact location of the
14dwelling of the applicant. Where the location cannot be
15determined by street and number, then the section,
16congressional township and range number may be used, or such
17other description as may be necessary, including post-office
18mailing address. In the case of a homeless individual, the
19individual's voting residence that is his or her mailing
20address shall be included on his or her registration record
21card.
22 Term of residence in the State of Illinois and precinct.
23This information shall be furnished by the applicant stating
24the place or places where he resided and the dates during which
25he resided in such place or places during the year next
26preceding the date of the next ensuing election.

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1 Nativity. The state or country in which the applicant was
2born.
3 Citizenship. Whether the applicant is native born or
4naturalized. If naturalized, the court, place, and date of
5naturalization.
6 Date of application for registration, i.e., the day, month
7and year when applicant presented himself for registration.
8 Age. Date of birth, by month, day and year.
9 Physical disability of the applicant, if any, at the time
10of registration, which would require assistance in voting.
11 The county and state in which the applicant was last
12registered.
13 Electronic mail address, if any.
14 Signature of voter. The applicant, after the registration
15and in the presence of a deputy registrar or other officer of
16registration shall be required to sign his or her name in ink
17or digitized form to the affidavit on both the original and
18duplicate registration record cards.
19 Signature of deputy registrar or officer of registration.
20 In case applicant is unable to sign his name, he may affix
21his mark to the affidavit. In such case the officer empowered
22to give the registration oath shall write a detailed
23description of the applicant in the space provided on the back
24or at the bottom of the card or sheet; and shall ask the
25following questions and record the answers thereto:
26 Father's first name.

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1 Mother's first name.
2 From what address did the applicant last register?
3 Reason for inability to sign name.
4 Each applicant for registration shall make an affidavit in
5substantially the following form:
6
AFFIDAVIT OF REGISTRATION
7STATE OF ILLINOIS
8COUNTY OF .......
9 I hereby swear (or affirm) that I am a citizen of the
10United States; that on the date of the next election I shall
11have resided in the State of Illinois and in the election
12precinct in which I reside 30 days and that I intend that this
13location shall be my residence; that I am fully qualified to
14vote, and that the above statements are true.
15
..............................
16
(His or her signature or mark)
17 Subscribed and sworn to before me on (insert date).
18..................................
19Signature of registration officer.
20(To be signed in presence of registrant.)
21 Space shall be provided upon the face of each registration
22record card for the notation of the voting record of the person
23registered thereon.
24 Each registration record card shall be numbered according
25to precincts, and may be serially or otherwise marked for

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1identification in such manner as the county clerk may
2determine.
3 The registration cards shall be deemed public records and
4shall be open to inspection during regular business hours,
5except during the 27 days immediately preceding any election.
6On written request of any candidate or objector or any person
7intending to object to a petition, the election authority shall
8extend its hours for inspection of registration cards and other
9records of the election authority during the period beginning
10with the filing of petitions under Sections 7-10, 8-8, 10-6 or
1128-3 and continuing through the termination of electoral board
12hearings on any objections to petitions containing signatures
13of registered voters in the jurisdiction of the election
14authority. The extension shall be for a period of hours
15sufficient to allow adequate opportunity for examination of the
16records but the election authority is not required to extend
17its hours beyond the period beginning at its normal opening for
18business and ending at midnight. If the business hours are so
19extended, the election authority shall post a public notice of
20such extended hours. Registration record cards may also be
21inspected, upon approval of the officer in charge of the cards,
22during the 27 days immediately preceding any election.
23Registration record cards shall also be open to inspection by
24certified judges and poll watchers and challengers at the
25polling place on election day, but only to the extent necessary
26to determine the question of the right of a person to vote or

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1to serve as a judge of election. At no time shall poll watchers
2or challengers be allowed to physically handle the registration
3record cards.
4 Updated copies of computer tapes or computer discs or other
5electronic data processing information containing voter
6registration information shall be furnished by the county clerk
7within 10 days after December 15 and May 15 each year and
8within 10 days after each registration period is closed to the
9State Board of Elections in a form prescribed by the Board. For
10the purposes of this Section, a registration period is closed
1127 days before the date of any regular or special election.
12Registration information shall include, but not be limited to,
13the following information: name, sex, residence, telephone
14number, if any, age, party affiliation, if applicable,
15precinct, ward, township, county, and representative,
16legislative and congressional districts. In the event of
17noncompliance, the State Board of Elections is directed to
18obtain compliance forthwith with this nondiscretionary duty of
19the election authority by instituting legal proceedings in the
20circuit court of the county in which the election authority
21maintains the registration information. The costs of
22furnishing updated copies of tapes or discs shall be paid at a
23rate of $.00034 per name of registered voters in the election
24jurisdiction, but not less than $50 per tape or disc and shall
25be paid from appropriations made to the State Board of
26Elections for reimbursement to the election authority for such

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1purpose. The State Board shall furnish copies of such tapes,
2discs, other electronic data or compilations thereof,
3including, but not limited to, the following information: name,
4sex, residence, telephone number, if any, age, party
5affiliation, if applicable, precinct, ward, township, county,
6and representative, legislative, and congressional districts,
7to state political committees registered pursuant to the
8Illinois Campaign Finance Act or the Federal Election Campaign
9Act and to governmental entities, at their request and at a
10reasonable cost. To protect the privacy and confidentiality of
11voter registration information, the disclosure of electronic
12voter registration records to any person or entity other than
13to a State or local political committee and other than to a
14governmental entity for a governmental purpose is specifically
15prohibited except as follows: subject to security measures
16adopted by the State Board of Elections which, at a minimum,
17shall include the keeping of a catalog or database, available
18for public view, including the name, address, and telephone
19number of the person viewing the list as well as the time of
20that viewing, any person may view the centralized statewide
21voter registration list on a computer screen at the Springfield
22office of the State Board of Elections, during normal business
23hours other than during the 27 days before an election, but the
24person viewing the list under this exception may not print,
25duplicate, transmit, or alter the list. Copies of the tapes,
26discs, or other electronic data shall be furnished by the

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1county clerk to local political committees and governmental
2entities at their request and at a reasonable cost. Reasonable
3cost of the tapes, discs, et cetera for this purpose would be
4the cost of duplication plus 15% for administration. The
5individual representing a political committee requesting
6copies of such tapes shall make a sworn affidavit that the
7information shall be used only for bona fide political
8purposes, including by or for candidates for office or
9incumbent office holders. Such tapes, discs or other electronic
10data shall not be used under any circumstances by any political
11committee or individuals for purposes of commercial
12solicitation or other business purposes. If such tapes contain
13information on county residents related to the operations of
14county government in addition to registration information,
15that information shall not be used under any circumstances for
16commercial solicitation or other business purposes. The
17prohibition in this Section against using the computer tapes or
18computer discs or other electronic data processing information
19containing voter registration information for purposes of
20commercial solicitation or other business purposes shall be
21prospective only from the effective date of this amended Act of
221979. Any person who violates this provision shall be guilty of
23a Class 4 felony.
24 The State Board of Elections shall promulgate, by October
251, 1987, such regulations as may be necessary to ensure
26uniformity throughout the State in electronic data processing

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1of voter registration information. The regulations shall
2include, but need not be limited to, specifications for uniform
3medium, communications protocol and file structure to be
4employed by the election authorities of this State in the
5electronic data processing of voter registration information.
6Each election authority utilizing electronic data processing
7of voter registration information shall comply with such
8regulations on and after May 15, 1988.
9 If the applicant for registration was last registered in
10another county within this State, he shall also sign a
11certificate authorizing cancellation of the former
12registration. The certificate shall be in substantially the
13following form:
14To the County Clerk of.... County, Illinois. (or)
15To the Election Commission of the City of ...., Illinois.
16 This is to certify that I am registered in your (county)
17(city) and that my residence was ............................
18Having moved out of your (county) (city), I hereby authorize
19you to cancel said registration in your office.
20Dated at ...., Illinois, on (insert date).
21
.................................
22
(Signature of Voter)
23Attest: ................, County Clerk, .............
24County, Illinois.
25 The cancellation certificate shall be mailed immediately
26by the County Clerk to the County Clerk (or election commission

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1as the case may be) where the applicant was formerly
2registered. Receipt of such certificate shall be full authority
3for cancellation of any previous registration.
4(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 10-1-13; 99-522, eff. 6-30-16.)
5 (10 ILCS 5/4-8.03) (from Ch. 46, par. 4-8.03)
6 Sec. 4-8.03. The State Board of Elections shall design a
7registration record card which, except as otherwise provided in
8this Section, shall be used in triplicate by all election
9authorities in the State, except those election authorities
10adopting a computer-based voter registration file authorized
11under Section 4-33. The Board shall prescribe the form and
12specifications, including but not limited to the weight of
13paper, color and print of such cards. Such cards shall contain
14boxes or spaces for the information required under Sections 4-8
15and 4-21 of this Code; provided, that such cards shall also
16contain a box or space for the applicant's social security
17number, which shall be required to the extent allowed by law
18but in no case shall the applicant provide fewer than the last
194 digits of the social security number, and a box for the
20applicant's telephone number, if available.
21 Except for those election authorities adopting a
22computer-based voter registration file authorized under
23Section 4-33, the original and duplicate cards shall
24respectively constitute the master file and precinct binder
25registration records of the voter. A copy shall be given to the

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1applicant upon completion of his or her registration or
2completed transfer of registration.
3 Whenever a voter moves to another precinct within the same
4election jurisdiction or to another election jurisdiction in
5the State, such voter may transfer his or her registration by
6presenting his or her copy to the election authority or a
7deputy registrar. If such voter is not in possession of or has
8lost his or her copy, he or she may effect a transfer of
9registration by executing an Affidavit of Cancellation of
10Previous Registration.
11 In the case of a transfer of registration to a new election
12jurisdiction, the election authority shall transmit the
13voter's copy or such affidavit to the election authority of the
14voter's former election jurisdiction, which shall immediately
15cause the transmission of the voter's previous registration
16card to the voter's new election authority. No transfer of
17registration to a new election jurisdiction shall be complete
18until the voter's old election authority receives
19notification.
20 Deputy registrars shall return all copies of registration
21record cards or Affidavits of Cancellation of Previous
22Registration to the election authority within 7 working days
23after the receipt thereof, except that such copies or
24Affidavits of Cancellation of Previous Registration received
25by the deputy registrars between the 35th and 28th day
26preceding an election shall be returned by the deputy

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1registrars to the election authority within 48 hours after
2receipt. The deputy registrars shall return the copies or
3Affidavits of Cancellation of Previous Registration received
4by them on the 28th day preceding an election to the election
5authority within 24 hours after receipt thereof.
6(Source: P.A. 91-73, eff. 7-9-99; 92-816, eff. 8-21-02.)
7 (10 ILCS 5/5-7) (from Ch. 46, par. 5-7)
8 Sec. 5-7. The county clerk shall provide a sufficient
9number of blank forms for the registration of electors which
10shall be known as registration record cards and which shall
11consist of loose leaf sheets or cards, of suitable size to
12contain in plain writing and figures the data hereinafter
13required thereon or shall consist of computer cards of suitable
14nature to contain the data required thereon. The registration
15record cards, which shall include an affidavit of registration
16as hereinafter provided, shall be executed in duplicate.
17 The registration record card shall contain the following
18and such other information as the county clerk may think it
19proper to require for the identification of the applicant for
20registration:
21 Name. The name of the applicant, giving surname and first
22or Christian name in full, and the middle name or the initial
23for such middle name, if any.
24 Sex.
25 Residence. The name and number of the street, avenue, or

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1other location of the dwelling, including the apartment, unit
2or room number, if any, and in the case of a mobile home the lot
3number, and such additional clear and definite description as
4may be necessary to determine the exact location of the
5dwelling of the applicant, including post-office mailing
6address. In the case of a homeless individual, the individual's
7voting residence that is his or her mailing address shall be
8included on his or her registration record card.
9 Term of residence in the State of Illinois and the
10precinct. Which questions may be answered by the applicant
11stating, in excess of 30 days in the State and in excess of 30
12days in the precinct.
13 Nativity. The State or country in which the applicant was
14born.
15 Citizenship. Whether the applicant is native born or
16naturalized. If naturalized, the court, place and date of
17naturalization.
18 Date of application for registration, i.e., the day, month
19and year when applicant presented himself for registration.
20 Age. Date of birth, by month, day and year.
21 Physical disability of the applicant, if any, at the time
22of registration, which would require assistance in voting.
23 The county and state in which the applicant was last
24registered.
25 Electronic mail address, if any.
26 Signature of voter. The applicant, after the registration

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1and in the presence of a deputy registrar or other officer of
2registration shall be required to sign his or her name in ink
3or digitized form to the affidavit on the original and
4duplicate registration record card.
5 Signature of Deputy Registrar.
6 In case applicant is unable to sign his name, he may affix
7his mark to the affidavit. In such case the officer empowered
8to give the registration oath shall write a detailed
9description of the applicant in the space provided at the
10bottom of the card or sheet; and shall ask the following
11questions and record the answers thereto:
12 Father's first name .......................
13 Mother's first name .......................
14 From what address did you last register?
15 Reason for inability to sign name.
16 Each applicant for registration shall make an affidavit in
17substantially the following form:
18
AFFIDAVIT OF REGISTRATION
19State of Illinois)
20 )ss
21County of )
22 I hereby swear (or affirm) that I am a citizen of the
23United States; that on the date of the next election I shall
24have resided in the State of Illinois and in the election
25precinct in which I reside 30 days; that I am fully qualified
26to vote. That I intend that this location shall be my residence

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1and that the above statements are true.
2
..............................
3
(His or her signature or mark)
4 Subscribed and sworn to before me on (insert date).
5.........................................
6 Signature of Registration Officer.
7(To be signed in presence of Registrant.)
8 Space shall be provided upon the face of each registration
9record card for the notation of the voting record of the person
10registered thereon.
11 Each registration record card shall be numbered according
12to towns and precincts, wards, cities and villages, as the case
13may be, and may be serially or otherwise marked for
14identification in such manner as the county clerk may
15determine.
16 The registration cards shall be deemed public records and
17shall be open to inspection during regular business hours,
18except during the 27 days immediately preceding any election.
19On written request of any candidate or objector or any person
20intending to object to a petition, the election authority shall
21extend its hours for inspection of registration cards and other
22records of the election authority during the period beginning
23with the filing of petitions under Sections 7-10, 8-8, 10-6 or
2428-3 and continuing through the termination of electoral board
25hearings on any objections to petitions containing signatures

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1of registered voters in the jurisdiction of the election
2authority. The extension shall be for a period of hours
3sufficient to allow adequate opportunity for examination of the
4records but the election authority is not required to extend
5its hours beyond the period beginning at its normal opening for
6business and ending at midnight. If the business hours are so
7extended, the election authority shall post a public notice of
8such extended hours. Registration record cards may also be
9inspected, upon approval of the officer in charge of the cards,
10during the 27 days immediately preceding any election.
11Registration record cards shall also be open to inspection by
12certified judges and poll watchers and challengers at the
13polling place on election day, but only to the extent necessary
14to determine the question of the right of a person to vote or
15to serve as a judge of election. At no time shall poll watchers
16or challengers be allowed to physically handle the registration
17record cards.
18 Updated copies of computer tapes or computer discs or other
19electronic data processing information containing voter
20registration information shall be furnished by the county clerk
21within 10 days after December 15 and May 15 each year and
22within 10 days after each registration period is closed to the
23State Board of Elections in a form prescribed by the Board. For
24the purposes of this Section, a registration period is closed
2527 days before the date of any regular or special election.
26Registration information shall include, but not be limited to,

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1the following information: name, sex, residence, telephone
2number, if any, age, party affiliation, if applicable,
3precinct, ward, township, county, and representative,
4legislative and congressional districts. In the event of
5noncompliance, the State Board of Elections is directed to
6obtain compliance forthwith with this nondiscretionary duty of
7the election authority by instituting legal proceedings in the
8circuit court of the county in which the election authority
9maintains the registration information. The costs of
10furnishing updated copies of tapes or discs shall be paid at a
11rate of $.00034 per name of registered voters in the election
12jurisdiction, but not less than $50 per tape or disc and shall
13be paid from appropriations made to the State Board of
14Elections for reimbursement to the election authority for such
15purpose. The State Board shall furnish copies of such tapes,
16discs, other electronic data or compilations thereof,
17including, but not limited to, the following information: name,
18sex, residence, telephone number, if any, age, party
19affiliation, if applicable, precinct, ward, township, county,
20and representative, legislative, and congressional districts,
21to state political committees registered pursuant to the
22Illinois Campaign Finance Act or the Federal Election Campaign
23Act and to governmental entities, at their request and at a
24reasonable cost. To protect the privacy and confidentiality of
25voter registration information, the disclosure of electronic
26voter registration records to any person or entity other than

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1to a State or local political committee and other than to a
2governmental entity for a governmental purpose is specifically
3prohibited except as follows: subject to security measures
4adopted by the State Board of Elections which, at a minimum,
5shall include the keeping of a catalog or database, available
6for public view, including the name, address, and telephone
7number of the person viewing the list as well as the time of
8that viewing, any person may view the centralized statewide
9voter registration list on a computer screen at the Springfield
10office of the State Board of Elections, during normal business
11hours other than during the 27 days before an election, but the
12person viewing the list under this exception may not print,
13duplicate, transmit, or alter the list. Copies of the tapes,
14discs or other electronic data shall be furnished by the county
15clerk to local political committees and governmental entities
16at their request and at a reasonable cost. Reasonable cost of
17the tapes, discs, et cetera for this purpose would be the cost
18of duplication plus 15% for administration. The individual
19representing a political committee requesting copies of such
20tapes shall make a sworn affidavit that the information shall
21be used only for bona fide political purposes, including by or
22for candidates for office or incumbent office holders. Such
23tapes, discs or other electronic data shall not be used under
24any circumstances by any political committee or individuals for
25purposes of commercial solicitation or other business
26purposes. If such tapes contain information on county residents

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1related to the operations of county government in addition to
2registration information, that information shall not be used
3under any circumstances for commercial solicitation or other
4business purposes. The prohibition in this Section against
5using the computer tapes or computer discs or other electronic
6data processing information containing voter registration
7information for purposes of commercial solicitation or other
8business purposes shall be prospective only from the effective
9date of this amended Act of 1979. Any person who violates this
10provision shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.
11 The State Board of Elections shall promulgate, by October
121, 1987, such regulations as may be necessary to ensure
13uniformity throughout the State in electronic data processing
14of voter registration information. The regulations shall
15include, but need not be limited to, specifications for uniform
16medium, communications protocol and file structure to be
17employed by the election authorities of this State in the
18electronic data processing of voter registration information.
19Each election authority utilizing electronic data processing
20of voter registration information shall comply with such
21regulations on and after May 15, 1988.
22 If the applicant for registration was last registered in
23another county within this State, he shall also sign a
24certificate authorizing cancellation of the former
25registration. The certificate shall be in substantially the
26following form:

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1To the County Clerk of .... County, Illinois. To the Election
2Commission of the City of ...., Illinois.
3 This is to certify that I am registered in your (county)
4(city) and that my residence was .....
5 Having moved out of your (county) (city), I hereby
6authorize you to cancel said registration in your office.
7Dated at .... Illinois, on (insert date).
8
....................
9
(Signature of Voter)
10
Attest ......, County Clerk, ........ County, Illinois.
11 The cancellation certificate shall be mailed immediately
12by the county clerk to the county clerk (or election commission
13as the case may be) where the applicant was formerly
14registered. Receipt of such certificate shall be full authority
15for cancellation of any previous registration.
16(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 10-1-13; 99-522, eff. 6-30-16.)
17 (10 ILCS 5/6-35) (from Ch. 46, par. 6-35)
18 Sec. 6-35. The Boards of Election Commissioners shall
19provide a sufficient number of blank forms for the registration
20of electors which shall be known as registration record cards
21and which shall consist of loose leaf sheets or cards, of
22suitable size to contain in plain writing and figures the data
23hereinafter required thereon or shall consist of computer cards
24of suitable nature to contain the data required thereon. The
25registration record cards, which shall include an affidavit of

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1registration as hereinafter provided, shall be executed in
2duplicate. The duplicate of which may be a carbon copy of the
3original or a copy of the original made by the use of other
4method or material used for making simultaneous true copies or
5duplications.
6 The registration record card shall contain the following
7and such other information as the Board of Election
8Commissioners may think it proper to require for the
9identification of the applicant for registration:
10 Name. The name of the applicant, giving surname and first
11or Christian name in full, and the middle name or the initial
12for such middle name, if any.
13 Sex.
14 Residence. The name and number of the street, avenue, or
15other location of the dwelling, including the apartment, unit
16or room number, if any, and in the case of a mobile home the lot
17number, and such additional clear and definite description as
18may be necessary to determine the exact location of the
19dwelling of the applicant, including post-office mailing
20address. In the case of a homeless individual, the individual's
21voting residence that is his or her mailing address shall be
22included on his or her registration record card.
23 Term of residence in the State of Illinois and the
24precinct.
25 Nativity. The state or country in which the applicant was
26born.

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1 Citizenship. Whether the applicant is native born or
2naturalized. If naturalized, the court, place, and date of
3naturalization.
4 Date of application for registration, i.e., the day, month
5and year when the applicant presented himself for registration.
6 Age. Date of birth, by month, day and year.
7 Physical disability of the applicant, if any, at the time
8of registration, which would require assistance in voting.
9 The county and state in which the applicant was last
10registered.
11 Electronic mail address, if any.
12 Signature of voter. The applicant, after registration and
13in the presence of a deputy registrar or other officer of
14registration shall be required to sign his or her name in ink
15or digitized form to the affidavit on both the original and the
16duplicate registration record card.
17 Signature of deputy registrar.
18 In case applicant is unable to sign his name, he may affix
19his mark to the affidavit. In such case the registration
20officer shall write a detailed description of the applicant in
21the space provided at the bottom of the card or sheet; and
22shall ask the following questions and record the answers
23thereto:
24 Father's first name .........................
25 Mother's first name .........................
26 From what address did you last register? ....

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1 Reason for inability to sign name ...........
2 Each applicant for registration shall make an affidavit in
3substantially the following form:
4
AFFIDAVIT OF REGISTRATION
5State of Illinois )
6 )ss
7County of ....... )
8 I hereby swear (or affirm) that I am a citizen of the
9United States, that on the day of the next election I shall
10have resided in the State of Illinois and in the election
11precinct 30 days and that I intend that this location is my
12residence; that I am fully qualified to vote, and that the
13above statements are true.
14
..............................
15
(His or her signature or mark)
16 Subscribed and sworn to before me on (insert date).
17......................................
18 Signature of registration officer
19(to be signed in presence of registrant).
20 Space shall be provided upon the face of each registration
21record card for the notation of the voting record of the person
22registered thereon.
23 Each registration record card shall be numbered according
24to wards or precincts, as the case may be, and may be serially
25or otherwise marked for identification in such manner as the
26Board of Election Commissioners may determine.

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1 The registration cards shall be deemed public records and
2shall be open to inspection during regular business hours,
3except during the 27 days immediately preceding any election.
4On written request of any candidate or objector or any person
5intending to object to a petition, the election authority shall
6extend its hours for inspection of registration cards and other
7records of the election authority during the period beginning
8with the filing of petitions under Sections 7-10, 8-8, 10-6 or
928-3 and continuing through the termination of electoral board
10hearings on any objections to petitions containing signatures
11of registered voters in the jurisdiction of the election
12authority. The extension shall be for a period of hours
13sufficient to allow adequate opportunity for examination of the
14records but the election authority is not required to extend
15its hours beyond the period beginning at its normal opening for
16business and ending at midnight. If the business hours are so
17extended, the election authority shall post a public notice of
18such extended hours. Registration record cards may also be
19inspected, upon approval of the officer in charge of the cards,
20during the 27 days immediately preceding any election.
21Registration record cards shall also be open to inspection by
22certified judges and poll watchers and challengers at the
23polling place on election day, but only to the extent necessary
24to determine the question of the right of a person to vote or
25to serve as a judge of election. At no time shall poll watchers
26or challengers be allowed to physically handle the registration

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1record cards.
2 Updated copies of computer tapes or computer discs or other
3electronic data processing information containing voter
4registration information shall be furnished by the Board of
5Election Commissioners within 10 days after December 15 and May
615 each year and within 10 days after each registration period
7is closed to the State Board of Elections in a form prescribed
8by the State Board. For the purposes of this Section, a
9registration period is closed 27 days before the date of any
10regular or special election. Registration information shall
11include, but not be limited to, the following information:
12name, sex, residence, telephone number, if any, age, party
13affiliation, if applicable, precinct, ward, township, county,
14and representative, legislative and congressional districts.
15In the event of noncompliance, the State Board of Elections is
16directed to obtain compliance forthwith with this
17nondiscretionary duty of the election authority by instituting
18legal proceedings in the circuit court of the county in which
19the election authority maintains the registration information.
20The costs of furnishing updated copies of tapes or discs shall
21be paid at a rate of $.00034 per name of registered voters in
22the election jurisdiction, but not less than $50 per tape or
23disc and shall be paid from appropriations made to the State
24Board of Elections for reimbursement to the election authority
25for such purpose. The State Board shall furnish copies of such
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1including, but not limited to, the following information: name,
2sex, residence, telephone number, if any, age, party
3affiliation, if applicable, precinct, ward, township, county,
4and representative, legislative, and congressional districts,
5to state political committees registered pursuant to the
6Illinois Campaign Finance Act or the Federal Election Campaign
7Act and to governmental entities, at their request and at a
8reasonable cost. To protect the privacy and confidentiality of
9voter registration information, the disclosure of electronic
10voter registration records to any person or entity other than
11to a State or local political committee and other than to a
12governmental entity for a governmental purpose is specifically
13prohibited except as follows: subject to security measures
14adopted by the State Board of Elections which, at a minimum,
15shall include the keeping of a catalog or database, available
16for public view, including the name, address, and telephone
17number of the person viewing the list as well as the time of
18that viewing, any person may view the centralized statewide
19voter registration list on a computer screen at the Springfield
20office of the State Board of Elections, during normal business
21hours other than during the 27 days before an election, but the
22person viewing the list under this exception may not print,
23duplicate, transmit, or alter the list. Copies of the tapes,
24discs or other electronic data shall be furnished by the Board
25of Election Commissioners to local political committees and
26governmental entities at their request and at a reasonable

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1cost. Reasonable cost of the tapes, discs, et cetera for this
2purpose would be the cost of duplication plus 15% for
3administration. The individual representing a political
4committee requesting copies of such tapes shall make a sworn
5affidavit that the information shall be used only for bona fide
6political purposes, including by or for candidates for office
7or incumbent office holders. Such tapes, discs or other
8electronic data shall not be used under any circumstances by
9any political committee or individuals for purposes of
10commercial solicitation or other business purposes. If such
11tapes contain information on county residents related to the
12operations of county government in addition to registration
13information, that information shall not be used under any
14circumstances for commercial solicitation or other business
15purposes. The prohibition in this Section against using the
16computer tapes or computer discs or other electronic data
17processing information containing voter registration
18information for purposes of commercial solicitation or other
19business purposes shall be prospective only from the effective
20date of this amended Act of 1979. Any person who violates this
21provision shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.
22 The State Board of Elections shall promulgate, by October
231, 1987, such regulations as may be necessary to ensure
24uniformity throughout the State in electronic data processing
25of voter registration information. The regulations shall
26include, but need not be limited to, specifications for uniform

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1medium, communications protocol and file structure to be
2employed by the election authorities of this State in the
3electronic data processing of voter registration information.
4Each election authority utilizing electronic data processing
5of voter registration information shall comply with such
6regulations on and after May 15, 1988.
7 If the applicant for registration was last registered in
8another county within this State, he shall also sign a
9certificate authorizing cancellation of the former
10registration. The certificate shall be in substantially the
11following form:
12To the County Clerk of .... County, Illinois.
13To the Election Commission of the City of ...., Illinois.
14 This is to certify that I am registered in your (county)
15(city) and that my residence was ..... Having moved out of your
16(county), (city), I hereby authorize you to cancel that
17registration in your office.
18 Dated at ...., Illinois, on (insert date).
19
....................
20
(Signature of Voter)
21 Attest ...., Clerk, Election Commission of the City of....,
22Illinois.
23 The cancellation certificate shall be mailed immediately
24by the clerk of the Election Commission to the county clerk,
25(or Election Commission as the case may be) where the applicant
26was formerly registered. Receipt of such certificate shall be

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1full authority for cancellation of any previous registration.
2(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 10-1-13; 99-522, eff. 6-30-16.)
3 (10 ILCS 5/14-3.1) (from Ch. 46, par. 14-3.1)
4 Sec. 14-3.1. The board of election commissioners shall,
5during the month of July of each even-numbered year, select for
6each election precinct within the jurisdiction of the board 5
7persons to be judges of election who shall possess the
8qualifications required by this Act for such judges. The
9selection shall be made by a county board of election
10commissioners in the following manner: the county board of
11election commissioners shall select and approve 3 persons as
12judges of election in each election precinct from a certified
13list furnished by the chair of the county central committee of
14the first leading political party in that precinct; the county
15board of election commissioners also shall select and approve 2
16persons as judges of election in each election precinct from a
17certified list furnished by the chair of the county central
18committee of the second leading political party in that
19precinct. The selection by a municipal board of election
20commissioners shall be made in the following manner: for each
21precinct, 3 judges shall be selected from one of the 2 leading
22political parties and the other 2 judges shall be selected from
23the other leading political party; the parties entitled to 3
24and 2 judges, respectively, in the several precincts shall be
25determined as provided in Section 14-4. However, a Board of

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1Election Commissioners may appoint three judges of election to
2serve in lieu of the 5 judges of election otherwise required by
3this Section to (1) serve in any emergency referendum, or in
4any odd-year regular election or in any special primary or
5special election called for the purpose of filling a vacancy in
6the office of representative in the United States Congress or
7to nominate candidates for such purpose or (2) serve in a
8primary election.
9 If only 3 judges of election serve in each election
10precinct, no more than 2 persons of the same political party
11shall be judges of election in the same election precinct, and
12which political party is entitled to 2 judges of election and
13which political party is entitled to one judge of election
14shall be determined as set forth in this Section for a county
15board of election commissioners' selection of 5 election judges
16in each precinct or in Section 14-4 for a municipal board of
17election commissioners' selection of election judges in each
18precinct, whichever is appropriate. In addition to such
19precinct judges, the board of election commissioners shall
20appoint special panels of 3 judges each, who shall possess the
21same qualifications and shall be appointed in the same manner
22and with the same division between political parties as is
23provided for other judges of election. The number of such
24panels of judges required shall be determined by regulation of
25the State Board of Elections, which shall base the required
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1the jurisdiction or the number of absentee ballots voted at
2recent elections or any combination of such factors. A
3municipal board of election commissioners shall make the
4selections of persons qualified under Section 14-1 from
5certified lists furnished by the chair of the respective county
6central committees, or each ward committeeperson in a
7municipality of 500,000 or more inhabitants, of the 2 leading
8political parties. Lists furnished by chairmen of county
9central committees or ward committeepersons, as the case may
10be, under this Section shall be arranged according to
11precincts. The chair of each county central committee or ward
12committeepersons, as the case may be, shall, insofar as
13possible, list persons who reside within the precinct in which
14they are to serve as judges. However, he may, in his sole
15discretion, submit the names of persons who reside outside the
16precinct but within the county embracing the precinct in which
17they are to serve. He must, however, submit the names of at
18least 2 residents of the precinct for each precinct in which
19his party is to have 3 judges and must submit the name of at
20least one resident of the precinct for each precinct in which
21his party is to have 2 judges. The board of election
22commissioners shall no later than March 1 of each even-numbered
23year notify the chairmen of the respective county central
24committees or ward committeepersons, as the case may be, of
25their responsibility to furnish such lists, and each such chair
26shall furnish the board of election commissioners with the list

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1for his party on or before May 1 of each even-numbered year.
2The board of election commissioners shall acknowledge in
3writing to each county chair or ward committeepersons, as the
4case may be, the names of all persons submitted on such
5certified list and the total number of persons listed thereon.
6If no such list is furnished or if no names or an insufficient
7number of names are furnished for certain precincts, the board
8of election commissioners shall make or complete such list from
9the names contained in the supplemental list provided for in
10Section 14-3.2. Judges of election shall hold their office for
112 years from their appointment and until their successors are
12duly appointed in the manner herein provided. The board of
13election commissioners shall, subject to the provisions of
14Section 14-3.2, fill all vacancies in the office of judges of
15election at any time in the manner herein provided.
16 Such selections under this Section shall be confirmed by
17the court as provided in Section 14-5.
18(Source: P.A. 100-1027, eff. 1-1-19.)
19 (10 ILCS 5/22-6) (from Ch. 46, par. 22-6)
20 Sec. 22-6. E-Canvass.
21 (a) Within 22 days after each election, each Election
22Authority shall provide unit-by-unit vote totals to the State
23Board of Elections in an electronic format to be prescribed by
24the State Board of Elections. The State Board of Elections
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1Section.
2 (b) Beginning with the November 2014 general election and
3every primary, consolidated, general, and special election
4thereafter, within 52 days after each election, the State Board
5of Elections shall publish the precinct-by-precinct vote
6totals for offices and candidates that the State Board of
7Elections certifies the election results on its website and
8make them available in a downloadable form.
9(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13.)
10 (10 ILCS 5/24B-2)
11 Sec. 24B-2. Definitions. As used in this Article:
12 "Computer", "automatic tabulating equipment" or
13"equipment" includes apparatus necessary to automatically
14examine and count votes as designated on ballots, and data
15processing machines which can be used for counting ballots and
16tabulating results.
17 "Ballot" means paper ballot sheets.
18 "Ballot configuration" means the particular combination of
19political subdivision ballots including, for each political
20subdivision, the particular combination of offices, candidate
21names and questions as it appears for each group of voters who
22may cast the same ballot.
23 "Ballot sheet" means a paper ballot printed on one or both
24sides which is (1) designed and prepared so that the voter may
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1areas clearly printed or otherwise delineated for such purpose,
2and (2) capable of having votes marked in the designated areas
3automatically examined, counted, and tabulated by an
4electronic scanning process.
5 "Central counting" means the counting of ballots in one or
6more locations selected by the election authority for the
7processing or counting, or both, of ballots. A location for
8central counting shall be within the territorial jurisdiction
9of the election authority unless there is no suitable
10tabulating equipment available within his territorial
11jurisdiction. However, in any event a counting location shall
12be within this State.
13 "Computer operator" means any person or persons designated
14by the election authority to operate the automatic tabulating
15equipment during any portion of the vote tallying process in an
16election, but shall not include judges of election operating
17vote tabulating equipment in the precinct.
18 "Computer program" or "program" means the set of operating
19instructions for the automatic tabulating equipment that
20examines, counts, tabulates, canvasses and prints votes
21recorded by a voter on a ballot.
22 "Direct recording electronic tabulator" means an
23electronic tabulator that provides a ballot display provided
24with mechanical or electro-optical devices that can be
25activated by the voters to mark their choices for the
26candidates of their preference and for or against public

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1questions and be capable of instantaneously recording such
2votes, storing such votes, producing a permanent paper record,
3and tabulating such votes at the precinct or at one or more
4counting stations.
5 "Edit listing" means a computer generated listing of the
6names of each candidate and proposition as they appear in the
7program for each precinct.
8 "Header sheet" means a data processing document which is
9coded to indicate to the computer the precinct identity of the
10ballots that will follow immediately and may indicate to the
11computer how such ballots are to be tabulated.
12 "In-precinct counting" means the counting of ballots on
13automatic tabulating equipment provided by the election
14authority in the same precinct polling place in which those
15ballots have been cast.
16 "Marking device" means a pen, computer, or other device
17approved by the State Board of Elections for marking, or
18causing to be marked, a paper ballot with ink or other
19substance which will enable the ballot to be tabulated by
20automatic tabulating equipment or by an electronic scanning
21process.
22 "Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology" means the
23capability to examine a ballot through electronic means and
24tabulate the votes at one or more counting places.
25 "Redundant count" means a verification of the original
26computer count by another count using compatible equipment or

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1by hand as part of a discovery recount.
2 "Security designation" means a printed designation placed
3on a ballot to identify to the computer program the offices and
4propositions for which votes may be cast and to indicate the
5manner in which votes cast should be tabulated while negating
6any inadmissible votes.
7 "Separate ballot", with respect to ballot sheets, means a
8separate portion of the ballot sheet which is clearly defined
9by a border or borders or shading.
10 "Specimen ballot" means a representation of names of
11offices and candidates and statements of measures to be voted
12on which will appear on the official ballot or marking device
13on election day. The specimen ballot also contains the party
14and position number where applicable.
15 "Voting defect identification" means the capability to
16detect overvoted ballots or ballots which cannot be read by the
17automatic tabulating equipment.
18 "Voting defects" means an overvoted ballot, or a ballot
19which cannot be read by the automatic tabulating equipment.
20 "Voting system" or "electronic voting system" means the
21total that combination of mechanical, electromechanical, or
22electronic equipment, and programs, and practices used to
23define ballots, cast and count votes, report or display
24election results, maintain and produce any audit trail
25information, identify all system components, test the system
26during development, maintenance and operation, maintain

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1records of system errors and defects, determine specific system
2changes to be made to a system after initial qualification, and
3make available any materials to the voter, such as notices,
4instructions, forms, or paper ballots. in the casting,
5examination and tabulation of ballots and the cumulation and
6reporting of results by electronic means.
7(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
8 (10 ILCS 5/24B-4)
9 Sec. 24B-4. Use of Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan
10Technology System; Requisites; Applicable procedure. Precinct
11Tabulation Optical Scan Technology voting systems may be used
12in elections provided that the Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan
13Technology systems enable the voter to cast a vote for all
14offices and on all public questions measures on which he or she
15is entitled to vote, and that the automatic Precinct Tabulation
16Optical Scan Technology tabulating equipment may be set to
17return any ballot sheet on which the number of votes for an
18office or proposition exceeds the number of votes which the
19voter is entitled to cast, or any ballot sheet which cannot be
20read by the automatic tabulating equipment, and provided that
21such systems are approved for use by the State Board of
22Elections.
23 So far as applicable, the procedure provided for voting
24paper ballots shall apply when Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan
25Technology electronic voting systems are used. However, the

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1provisions of this Article 24B will govern when there are
2conflicts.
3(Source: P.A. 89-394, eff. 1-1-97.)
4 (10 ILCS 5/24B-6)
5 Sec. 24B-6. Ballot Information; Arrangement; Electronic
6Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology Voting System;
7Vote by Mail Ballots; Spoiled Ballots. The ballot information,
8shall, as far as practicable, be in the order of arrangement
9provided for paper ballots, except that the information may be
10in vertical or horizontal rows, or on a number of separate
11pages or displays on the marking device. Ballots for all
12questions or propositions to be voted on should be provided in
13a similar manner and must be arranged on the ballot sheet or
14marking device in the places provided for such purposes.
15Ballots shall be of white paper unless provided otherwise by
16administrative rule of the State Board of Elections or
17otherwise specified.
18 All propositions, including but not limited to
19propositions calling for a constitutional convention,
20constitutional amendment, judicial retention, and public
21questions measures to be voted upon shall be placed on separate
22portions of the ballot sheet or marking device by utilizing
23borders or grey screens. Candidates shall be listed on a
24separate portion of the ballot sheet or marking device by
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1submitted a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate as
2required in Sections 17-16.1 and 18-9.1, a line or lines on
3which the voter may select a write-in candidate shall be
4printed below the name of the last candidate nominated for such
5office. Such line or lines shall be proximate to an area
6provided for marking votes for the write-in candidate or
7candidates. The number of write-in lines for an office shall
8equal the number of persons who have filed declarations of
9intent to be write-in candidates plus an additional line or
10lines for write-in candidates who qualify to file declarations
11to be write-in candidates under Sections 17-16.1 and 18-9.1
12when the certification of ballot contains the words "OBJECTION
13PENDING" next to the name of that candidate, up to the number
14of candidates for which a voter may vote. In the case of
15write-in lines for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant
16Governor, 2 lines shall be printed within a bracket and a
17single square shall be printed in front of the bracket. More
18than one amendment to the constitution may be placed on the
19same portion of the ballot sheet or marking device.
20Constitutional convention or constitutional amendment
21propositions shall be printed or displayed on a separate
22portion of the ballot sheet or marking device and designated by
23borders or grey screens, unless otherwise provided by
24administrative rule of the State Board of Elections. More than
25one public question measure or proposition may be placed on the
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1one proposition for retention of judges in office may be placed
2on the same portion of the ballot sheet or marking device.
3Names of candidates shall be printed in black. The party
4affiliation of each candidate or the word "independent" shall
5appear near or under the candidate's name, and the names of
6candidates for the same office shall be listed vertically under
7the title of that office, on separate pages of the marking
8device, or as otherwise approved by the State Board of
9Elections. If no candidate or candidates file for an office and
10if no person or persons file a declaration as a write-in
11candidate for that office, then below the title of that office
12the election authority instead shall print "No Candidate". In
13the case of nonpartisan elections for officers of political
14subdivisions, unless the statute or an ordinance adopted
15pursuant to Article VII of the Constitution requires otherwise,
16the listing of nonpartisan candidates shall not include any
17party or "independent" designation. Judicial retention
18questions and ballot questions for all public questions
19measures and other propositions shall be designated by borders
20or grey screens on the ballot or marking device. In primary
21elections, a separate ballot, or displays on the marking
22device, shall be used for each political party holding a
23primary, with the ballot or marking device arranged to include
24names of the candidates of the party and public questions
25measures and other propositions to be voted upon on the day of
26the primary election.

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1 If the ballot includes both candidates for office and
2public questions measures or propositions to be voted on, the
3election official in charge of the election shall divide the
4ballot or displays on the marking device in sections for
5"Candidates" and "Propositions", or separate ballots may be
6used.
7 Vote by Mail ballots may consist of envelopes, paper
8ballots, or ballot sheets. Where a Precinct Tabulation Optical
9Scan Technology ballot is used for voting by mail it must be
10accompanied by voter instructions.
11 Any voter who spoils his or her ballot, makes an error, or
12has a ballot returned by the automatic tabulating equipment may
13return the ballot to the judges of election and get another
14ballot.
15(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)
16 (10 ILCS 5/24B-9)
17 Sec. 24B-9. Testing of Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan
18Technology Equipment and Program; Custody of Programs, Test
19Materials and Ballots. Prior to the public test, the election
20authority shall conduct an errorless pre-test of the automatic
21Precinct Tabulation Optical Scan Technology tabulating
22equipment and program and marking device to determine that they
23will correctly detect Voting Defects and count the votes cast
24for all offices, candidates, and all public questions measures.
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1election authority shall publicly test the automatic Precinct
2Tabulation Optical Scan Technology tabulating equipment and
3program to determine that they will correctly detect Voting
4Defects and count the votes cast for all offices, candidates,
5and on all public questions measures. Public notice of the time
6and place of the test shall be given at least 48 hours before
7the test by publishing the notice in one or more newspapers
8within the election jurisdiction of the election authority, if
9a newspaper is published in that jurisdiction. If a newspaper
10is not published in that jurisdiction, notice shall be
11published in a newspaper of general circulation in that
12jurisdiction. Timely written notice stating the date, time, and
13location of the public test shall also be provided to the State
14Board of Elections. The test shall be open to representatives
15of the political parties, the press, representatives of the
16State Board of Elections, and the public. The test shall be
17conducted by processing a preaudited group of ballots marked to
18record a predetermined number of valid votes for each candidate
19and on each public question measure, and shall include for each
20office one or more ballots having votes exceeding the number
21allowed by law to test the ability of the automatic tabulating
22equipment or marking device to reject the votes. The test shall
23also include producing an edit listing. In those election
24jurisdictions where in-precinct counting equipment is used, a
25public test of both the equipment and program shall be
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1The State Board of Elections may select as many election
2jurisdictions as the Board deems advisable in the interests of
3the election process of this State, to order a special test of
4the automatic tabulating equipment and program before any
5regular election. The Board may order a special test in any
6election jurisdiction where, during the preceding 12 months,
7computer programming errors or other errors in the use of
8electronic voting systems resulted in vote tabulation errors.
9Not less than 60 30 days before any election, the State Board
10of Elections shall provide written notice to those selected
11jurisdictions of their intent to conduct a test. Within 15 5
12days of receipt of the State Board of Elections' written notice
13of intent to conduct a test, the selected jurisdictions shall
14forward to the principal office of the State Board of Elections
15a copy of all specimen ballots. The State Board of Elections'
16tests shall be conducted and completed not less than 2 days
17before the public test and under the supervision of the Board.
18The vendor, person, or other private entity shall be solely
19responsible for the production and cost of: all ballots;
20additional temporary workers; and other equipment or
21facilities needed and used in the testing of the vendor's,
22person's, or other private entity's respective equipment and
23software. After an errorless test, materials used in the public
24test, including the program, if appropriate, shall be sealed
25and remain sealed until the test is run again on election day.
26If any error is detected, the cause of the error shall be

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1determined and corrected, and an errorless public test shall be
2made before the automatic tabulating equipment is approved.
3Each election authority shall file a sealed copy of each tested
4program to be used within its jurisdiction at an election with
5the State Board of Elections before the election. The Board
6shall secure the program or programs of each election
7jurisdiction so filed in its office until the next election of
8the same type (general primary, general election, consolidated
9primary, or consolidated election) for which the program or
10programs were filed. At the expiration of that time, if no
11election contest or appeal is pending in an election
12jurisdiction, the Board shall destroy the sealed program or
13programs. Except where in-precinct counting equipment is used,
14the test shall be repeated immediately before the start of the
15official counting of the ballots, in the same manner as set
16forth above. After the completion of the count, the test shall
17be re-run using the same program. Immediately after the re-run,
18all material used in testing the program and the programs shall
19be sealed and retained under the custody of the election
20authority for a period of 60 days. At the expiration of that
21time the election authority shall destroy the voted ballots,
22together with all unused ballots returned from the precincts.
23Provided, if any contest of election is pending at the time in
24which the ballots may be required as evidence and the election
25authority has notice of the contest, the same shall not be
26destroyed until after the contest is finally determined. If the

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1use of back-up equipment becomes necessary, the same testing
2required for the original equipment shall be conducted.
3(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03; 94-1000, eff. 7-3-06.)
4 (10 ILCS 5/Art. 24C heading)
5
ARTICLE 24C. DIRECT RECORDING ELECTRONIC TABULATORS AND
6
ELECTRONIC BALLOT MARKING DEVICES VOTING SYSTEMS
7 (10 ILCS 5/24C-1)
8 Sec. 24C-1. Purpose. The purpose of this Article is to
9authorize the use of direct recording electronic tabulators and
10electronic ballot marking devices Direct Recording Electronic
11Voting Systems approved by the State Board of Elections. In a
12Direct Recording Electronic direct recording electronic
13tabulator or electronic ballot marking device Voting System,
14voters cast votes by means of a ballot display provided with
15mechanical or electro-optical devices that can be activated by
16the voters to mark their choices for the candidates of their
17preference and for or against public questions. Direct
18recording electronic tabulators Such voting devices shall be
19capable of instantaneously recording such votes, storing such
20votes, producing a permanent paper record and tabulating such
21votes at the precinct or at one or more counting stations.
22Electronic ballot marking devices shall be capable of
23instantaneously marking such votes, producing a permanent
24paper record, and enabling such votes to be tabulated at the

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1precinct or at one or more counting stations. This Article
2authorizes the use of direct recording electronic tabulators
3and electronic ballot marking devices Direct Recording
4Electronic Voting Systems for in-precinct counting
5applications and for early voting in the office of the election
6authority and in the offices of local officials authorized by
7the election authority to conduct such early voting. All other
8early ballots must be counted at the office of the election
9authority.
10(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)
11 (10 ILCS 5/24C-2)
12 Sec. 24C-2. Definitions. As used in this Article:
13 "Audit trail" or "audit capacity" means a continuous trail
14of evidence linking individual transactions related to the
15casting of a vote, the vote count and the summary record of
16vote totals, but which shall not allow for the identification
17of the voter. It shall permit verification of the accuracy of
18the count and detection and correction of problems and shall
19provide a record of each step taken in: defining and producing
20ballots and generating related software for specific
21elections; installing ballots and software; testing system
22readiness; casting and tabulating ballots; and producing
23images of votes cast and reports of vote totals. The record
24shall incorporate system status and error messages generated
25during election processing, including a log of machine

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1activities and routine and unusual intervention by authorized
2and unauthorized individuals. Also part of an audit trail is
3the documentation of such items as ballots delivered and
4collected, administrative procedures for system security,
5pre-election testing of voting systems, and maintenance
6performed on voting equipment. All test plans, test results,
7documentation, and other records used to plan, execute, and
8record the results of the testing and verification, including
9all material prepared or used by independent testing
10authorities or other third parties, shall be made part of the
11public record and shall be freely available via the Internet
12and paper copy to anyone. "Audit trail" or "audit capacity"
13also means that the voting system is capable of producing and
14shall produce immediately after a ballot is cast a permanent
15paper record of each ballot cast that shall be available as an
16official record for any recount, redundant count, or
17verification or retabulation of the vote count conducted with
18respect to any election in which the voting system is used.
19 "Ballot" means an electronic audio or video display or any
20other medium, including paper, used to record a voter's choices
21for the candidates of their preference and for or against
22public questions.
23 "Ballot configuration" means the particular combination of
24political subdivision or district ballots including, for each
25political subdivision or district, the particular combination
26of offices, candidate names and public questions as it appears

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1for each group of voters who may cast the same ballot.
2 "Ballot image" means a corresponding representation in
3electronic or paper form of the mark or vote position of a
4ballot.
5 "Ballot label" or "ballot screen" means the display of
6material containing the names of offices and candidates and
7public questions to be voted on.
8 "Central counting" means the counting of ballots in one or
9more locations selected by the election authority for the
10processing or counting, or both, of ballots. A location for
11central counting shall be within the territorial jurisdiction
12of the election authority unless there is no suitable
13tabulating equipment available within his territorial
14jurisdiction. However, in any event a counting location shall
15be within this State.
16 "Computer", "automatic tabulating equipment" or
17"equipment" includes apparatus necessary to automatically
18examine and count votes as designated on ballots, and data
19processing machines which can be used for counting ballots and
20tabulating results.
21 "Computer operator" means any person or persons designated
22by the election authority to operate the automatic tabulating
23equipment during any portion of the vote tallying process in an
24election, but shall not include judges of election operating
25vote tabulating equipment in the precinct.
26 "Computer program" or "program" means the set of operating

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1instructions for the automatic tabulating equipment that
2examines, records, displays, counts, tabulates, canvasses, or
3prints votes recorded by a voter on a ballot or that displays
4any and all information, graphics, or other visual or audio
5information or images used in presenting voting information,
6instructions, or voter choices.
7 "Direct recording electronic tabulator voting system",
8"voting system" or "system" means an electronic tabulator that
9provides a ballot display provided with mechanical or
10electro-optical devices that can be activated by the voters to
11mark their choices for the candidates of their preference and
12for or against public questions and be capable of
13instantaneously recording such votes, storing such votes,
14producing a permanent paper record, and tabulating such votes
15at the precinct or at one or more counting stations. the total
16combination of mechanical, electromechanical or electronic
17equipment, programs and practices used to define ballots, cast
18and count votes, report or display election results, maintain
19or produce any audit trail information, identify all system
20components, test the system during development, maintenance
21and operation, maintain records of system errors and defects,
22determine specific system changes to be made to a system after
23initial qualification, and make available any materials to the
24voter such as notices, instructions, forms or paper ballots.
25 "Edit listing" means a computer generated listing of the
26names of each candidate and public question as they appear in

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1the program for each precinct.
2 "In-precinct counting" means the recording and counting of
3ballots on automatic tabulating equipment provided by the
4election authority in the same precinct polling place in which
5those ballots have been cast.
6 "Electronic ballot marking device Marking device" means
7any electronic device approved by the State Board of Elections
8for marking a ballot so as to enable the ballot to be recorded,
9counted and tabulated by automatic tabulating equipment.
10 "Permanent paper record" means a paper record upon which
11shall be printed in human readable form the votes cast for each
12candidate and for or against each public question on each
13ballot recorded in the voting system. Each permanent paper
14record shall be printed by the voting device upon activation of
15the marking device by the voter and shall contain a unique,
16randomly assigned identifying number that shall correspond to
17the number randomly assigned by the voting system to each
18ballot as it is electronically recorded.
19 "Redundant count" means a verification of the original
20computer count of ballots by another count using compatible
21equipment or other means as part of a discovery recount,
22including a count of the permanent paper record of each ballot
23cast by using compatible equipment, different equipment
24approved by the State Board of Elections for that purpose, or
25by hand.
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1of the ballot that is clearly defined and distinguishable from
2other portions of the ballot.
3 "Voting device" or "voting machine" means an apparatus that
4contains the ballot label or ballot screen and allows the voter
5to record his or her vote.
6 "Voting system" or "system" means the total combination of
7mechanical, electro-mechanical, or electronic equipment,
8programs and practices used to define ballots, cast and count
9votes, report or display election results, maintain or produce
10any audit trail information, identify all system components,
11test the system during development, maintenance, and
12operation, maintain records of system errors and defects,
13determine specific system changes to be made to a system after
14initial qualification, and make available any materials to the
15voter, such as notices, instructions, forms, or paper ballots.
16(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03; 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)
17 (10 ILCS 5/24C-3)
18 Sec. 24C-3. Adoption, experimentation or abandonment of
19direct recording electronic tabulators and electronic ballot
20marking devices Direct Recording Electronic Voting System;
21boundaries Boundaries of precincts; notice Notice. Except as
22otherwise provided in this Section, any county board, board of
23county commissioners and any board of election commissioners,
24with respect to territory within its jurisdiction, may adopt,
25experiment with, or abandon a direct electronic tabulator or

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1electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording Electronic
2Voting System approved for use by the State Board of Elections
3and may use such System in all or some of the precincts within
4its jurisdiction, or in combination with paper ballots or other
5voting systems. Any county board, board of county commissioners
6or board of election commissioners may contract for the
7tabulation of votes at a location outside its territorial
8jurisdiction when there is no suitable tabulating equipment
9available within its territorial jurisdiction. In no case may a
10county board, board of county commissioners or board of
11election commissioners contract or arrange for the purchase,
12lease or loan of a direct recording electronic tabulator,
13electronic ballot marking device, Direct Recording Electronic
14Voting System or system System component without the approval
15of the State Board of Elections as provided by Section 24C-16.
16 Before any direct recording electronic tabulator or
17electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording Electronic
18Voting System is introduced, adopted or used in any precinct or
19territory at least 2 months public notice must be given before
20the date of the first election where the system System is to be
21used. The election authority shall publish the notice at least
22once in one or more newspapers published within the county or
23other jurisdiction, where the election is held. If there is no
24such newspaper, the notice shall be published in a newspaper
25published in the county and having a general circulation within
26such jurisdiction. The notice shall be substantially as

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1follows:
2 "Notice is hereby given that on ... (give date) ..., at ...
3(give place where election is held) ... in the county of ...,
4an election will be held for ... (give name of offices to be
5filled) ... at which a direct recording electronic tabulator or
6electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording Electronic
7Voting System will be used."
8 Dated at ... this ... day of ... 20....?
9 This notice referred to shall be given only at the first
10election at which the direct recording electronic tabulator or
11electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording Electronic
12Voting System is used.
13(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
14 (10 ILCS 5/24C-3.1)
15 Sec. 24C-3.1. Retention or consolidation or alteration of
16existing precincts; change Change of location. When a direct
17recording electronic tabulator or electronic ballot marking
18device Direct Recording Electronic Voting System is used, the
19county board or board of election commissioners may retain
20existing precincts or may consolidate, combine, alter,
21decrease or enlarge the boundaries of the precincts to change
22the number of registered voters of the precincts using the
23System, establishing the number of registered voters within
24each precinct at a number not to exceed 800 as the appropriate
25county board or board of election commissioners determines will

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1afford adequate voting facilities and efficient and economical
2elections.
3 Except in the event of a fire, flood or total loss of heat
4in a place fixed or established pursuant to law by any county
5board or board of election commissioners as a polling place for
6an election, no election authority shall change the location of
7a polling place established for any precinct after notice of
8the place of holding the election for that precinct has been
9given as required under Article 12 unless the election
10authority notifies all registered voters in the precinct of the
11change in location by first class mail in sufficient time for
12the notice to be received by the registered voters in the
13precinct at least one day prior to the date of the election.
14(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
15 (10 ILCS 5/24C-4)
16 Sec. 24C-4. Use of direct recording electronic tabulators
17and electronic ballot marking devices Direct Recording
18Electronic Voting System; requisites Requisites; applicable
19procedure Applicable procedure. Direct recording electronic
20tabulators and electronic ballot marking devices Recording
21Electronic Voting Systems may be used in elections provided
22that such systems Systems are approved for use by the State
23Board of Elections. So far as applicable, the procedure
24provided for voting paper ballots shall apply when direct
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1devices Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems are used.
2However, the provisions of this Article 24C will govern when
3there are conflicts.
4(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
5 (10 ILCS 5/24C-5)
6 Sec. 24C-5. Voting stations Stations. In precincts where a
7direct recording electronic tabulator or electronic ballot
8marking device Direct Recording Electronic Voting System is
9used, a sufficient number of voting stations shall be provided
10for the use of the system System according to the requirements
11determined by the State Board of Elections. Each station shall
12be placed in a manner so that no judge of election or
13pollwatcher is able to observe a voter casting a ballot.
14(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
15 (10 ILCS 5/24C-5.1)
16 Sec. 24C-5.1. Instruction of voters Voters; instruction
17model Instruction Model; partiality Partiality to political
18party Political Party; manner Manner of instruction
19Instruction. Before entering the voting booth each voter shall
20be offered instruction in using the direct recording electronic
21tabulator or electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording
22Electronic Voting System. In instructing voters, no precinct
23official may show partiality to any political party or
24candidate. The duties of instruction shall be discharged by a

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1judge from each of the political parties represented and they
2shall alternate serving as instructor so that each judge shall
3serve a like time at such duties. No instructions may be given
4inside a voting booth after the voter has entered the voting
5booth.
6 No precinct official or person assisting a voter may in any
7manner request, suggest, or seek to persuade or induce any
8voter to cast his or her vote for any particular ticket,
9candidate, amendment, question or proposition. All
10instructions shall be given by precinct officials in a manner
11that it may be observed by other persons in the polling place.
12(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
13 (10 ILCS 5/24C-5.2)
14 Sec. 24C-5.2. Demonstration of direct recording electronic
15tabulators and electronic ballot marking devices Direct
16Recording Electronic Voting System; placement Placement in
17public library Public Library. When a direct recording
18electronic tabulator or electronic ballot marking device
19Direct Recording Electronic Voting System is used in a
20forthcoming election, the election authority may provide, for
21the purpose of instructing voters in the election, one
22demonstrator direct recording electronic tabulator or
23electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording Electronic
24Voting System unit for placement in any public library or in
25any other public or private building within the political

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1subdivision where the election occurs. If the placement of a
2demonstrator takes place it shall be made available at least 30
3days before the election.
4(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
5 (10 ILCS 5/24C-6)
6 Sec. 24C-6. Ballot information Information; arrangement
7Arrangement; direct recording electronic tabulators Direct
8Recording Electronic Voting System; electronic ballot marking
9devices; vote Vote by mail ballots Mail Ballots; spoiled
10ballots Spoiled Ballots. The ballot information, shall, as far
11as practicable, be in the order of arrangement provided for
12paper ballots, except that the information may be in vertical
13or horizontal rows, or on a number of separate pages or display
14screens.
15 Ballots for all public questions to be voted on should be
16provided in a similar manner and must be arranged on the ballot
17in the places provided for such purposes. All public questions,
18including but not limited to public questions calling for a
19constitutional convention, constitutional amendment, or
20judicial retention, shall be placed on the ballot separate and
21apart from candidates. Ballots for all public questions shall
22be clearly designated by borders or different color screens.
23More than one amendment to the constitution may be placed on
24the same portion of the ballot sheet. Constitutional convention
25or constitutional amendment propositions shall be placed on a

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1separate portion of the ballot and designated by borders or
2unique color screens, unless otherwise provided by
3administrative rule of the State Board of Elections. More than
4one public question may be placed on the same portion of the
5ballot. More than one proposition for retention of judges in
6office may be placed on the same portion of the ballot.
7 The party affiliation, if any, of each candidate or the
8word "independent", where applicable, shall appear near or
9under the candidate's name, and the names of candidates for the
10same office shall be listed vertically under the title of that
11office. In the case of nonpartisan elections for officers of
12political subdivisions, unless the statute or an ordinance
13adopted pursuant to Article VII of the Constitution requires
14otherwise, the listing of nonpartisan candidates shall not
15include any party or "independent" designation. If no candidate
16or candidates file for an office and if no person or persons
17file a declaration as a write-in candidate for that office,
18then below the title of that office the election authority
19shall print "No Candidate". In primary elections, a separate
20ballot shall be used for each political party holding a
21primary, with the ballot arranged to include names of the
22candidates of the party and public questions and other
23propositions to be voted upon on the day of the primary
24election.
25 If the ballot includes both candidates for office and
26public questions or propositions to be voted on, the election

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1official in charge of the election shall divide the ballot in
2sections for "Candidates" and "Public Questions", or separate
3ballots may be used.
4 Any voter who spoils his or her ballot, makes an error, or
5has a ballot rejected by the automatic tabulating equipment
6shall be provided a means of correcting the ballot or obtaining
7a new ballot prior to casting his or her ballot.
8 Any election authority using a direct recording electronic
9tabulator or electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording
10Electronic Voting System may use voting systems approved for
11use under Articles 24A or 24B of this Code in conducting vote
12by mail or early voting.
13(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)
14 (10 ILCS 5/24C-6.1)
15 Sec. 24C-6.1. Security designation Designation. In all
16elections conducted under this Article, ballots shall have a
17security designation. In precincts where more than one ballot
18configuration may be voted upon, ballots shall have a different
19security designation for each ballot configuration. If a
20precinct has only one possible ballot configuration, the
21ballots must have a security designation to identify the
22precinct and the election. Where ballots from more than one
23precinct are being tabulated, the ballots from each precinct
24must be clearly identified; official results shall not be
25generated unless the precinct identification for any precinct

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1corresponds. When the tabulating equipment being used requires
2entering the program immediately before tabulating the ballots
3for each precinct, the precinct program may be used. The direct
4recording electronic tabulator or electronic ballot marking
5device Direct Recording Electronic Voting System shall be
6designed to ensure that the proper ballot is selected for each
7polling place and for each ballot configuration and that the
8format can be matched to the software or firmware required to
9interpret it correctly. The system shall provide a means of
10programming each piece of equipment to reflect the ballot
11requirements of the election and shall include a means for
12validating the correctness of the program and of the program's
13installation in the equipment or in a programmable memory
14device.
15(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
16 (10 ILCS 5/24C-7)
17 Sec. 24C-7. Write-in ballots Write-In Ballots. A direct
18recording electronic tabulator or electronic ballot marking
19device Direct Recording Electronic Voting System shall provide
20an acceptable method for a voter to vote for a person whose
21name does not appear on the ballot using the same apparatus
22used to record votes for candidates whose names do appear on
23the ballot. Election authorities utilizing direct recording
24electronic tabulators or electronic ballot marking devices
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1separate write-in ballots.
2 Whenever a person has submitted a declaration of intent to
3be a write-in candidate as required in Sections 17-16.1 and
418-9.1, a space or spaces in which the name of a candidate or
5candidates may be written in or recorded by the voter shall
6appear below the name of the last candidate nominated for such
7office. The number of write-in lines for an office shall equal
8the number of persons who have filed declarations of intent to
9be write-in candidates plus an additional line or lines for
10write-in candidates who qualify to file declarations to be
11write-in candidates under Section 17-16.1 or 18-9.1 when the
12certification of ballot contains the words "OBJECTION PENDING"
13next to the name of the candidate, up to the number of
14candidates for which a voter may vote.
15(Source: P.A. 95-862, eff. 8-19-08.)
16 (10 ILCS 5/24C-8)
17 Sec. 24C-8. Preparation for use Use; comparison of ballots
18Comparison of Ballots; operational checks Operational Checks
19of direct recording electronic tabulators and electronic
20ballot marking devices Direct Recording Electronic Voting
21Systems Equipment; pollwatchers Pollwatchers. The county clerk
22or board of election commissioners shall cause the approved
23direct recording tabulator Direct Recording Electronic Voting
24System equipment or electronic ballot marking devices to be
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1polls, all direct recording electronic tabulators or
2electronic ballot marking device utilized as a tabulator Direct
3Recording Voting System devices shall provide a printed record
4of the following, upon verification of the authenticity of the
5commands by a judge of election: the election's identification
6data, the equipment's unit identification, the ballot's format
7identification, the contents of each active candidate register
8by office and of each active public question register showing
9that they contain all zeros, all ballot fields that can be used
10to invoke special voting options, and other information needed
11to ensure the readiness of the equipment, and to accommodate
12administrative reporting requirements.
13 The direct recording electronic tabulator or electronic
14ballot marking device utilized as a tabulator Direct Recording
15Electronic Voting System shall provide a means of opening the
16polling place and readying the equipment for the casting of
17ballots. Such means shall incorporate a security seal, a
18password, or a data code recognition capability to prevent
19inadvertent or unauthorized actuation of the poll-opening
20function. If more than one step is required, it shall enforce
21their execution in the proper sequence.
22 Pollwatchers as provided by law shall be permitted to
23closely observe the judges in these procedures and to
24periodically inspect the direct recording electronic tabulator
25or electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording
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1voters.
2(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
3 (10 ILCS 5/24C-9)
4 Sec. 24C-9. Testing of direct recording electronic
5tabulators and electronic ballot marking device equipment and
6programs Direct Recording Electronic Voting System Equipment
7and Programs; custody of programs Custody of Programs, test
8materials and ballots Test Materials and Ballots. Prior to the
9public test, the election authority shall conduct an errorless
10pre-test of the direct recording electronic tabulator or
11electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording Electronic
12Voting System equipment and programs to determine that they
13will correctly detect voting defects and count the votes cast
14for all offices, candidates and all public questions. On any
15day not less than 5 days prior to the election day, the
16election authority shall publicly test the direct recording
17electronic tabulator or electronic ballot marking device
18Direct Recording Electronic Voting System equipment and
19programs to determine that it they will correctly detect voting
20errors and accurately count the votes legally cast for all
21offices and candidates and on all public questions. Public
22notice of the time and place of the test shall be given at
23least 48 hours before the test by publishing the notice in one
24or more newspapers within the election jurisdiction of the
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1jurisdiction. If a newspaper is not published in that
2jurisdiction, notice shall be published in a newspaper of
3general circulation in that jurisdiction. Timely written
4notice stating the date, time, and location of the public test
5shall also be provided to the State Board of Elections. The
6test shall be open to representatives of the political parties,
7the press, representatives of the State Board of Elections, and
8the public. The test shall be conducted by entering a
9pre-audited group of votes designed to record a predetermined
10number of valid votes for each candidate and on each public
11question, and shall include for each office one or more ballots
12having votes exceeding the number allowed by law to test the
13ability of the automatic tabulating equipment to reject the
14votes. The test shall also include producing an edit listing.
15In those election jurisdictions where in-precinct counting
16equipment is used, a public test of both the equipment and
17program shall be conducted as nearly as possible in the manner
18prescribed above. The State Board of Elections may select as
19many election jurisdictions as the Board deems advisable in the
20interests of the election process of this State, to order a
21special test of the automatic tabulating equipment and program
22before any regular election. The Board may order a special test
23in any election jurisdiction where, during the preceding 12
24months, computer programming errors or other errors in the use
25of System resulted in vote tabulation errors. Not less than 60
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1provide written notice to those selected jurisdictions of their
2intent to conduct a test. Within 15 5 days of receipt of the
3State Board of Elections' written notice of intent to conduct a
4test, the selected jurisdictions shall forward to the principal
5office of the State Board of Elections a copy of all specimen
6ballots. The State Board of Elections' tests shall be conducted
7and completed not less than 2 days before the public test and
8under the supervision of the Board. The vendor, person, or
9other private entity shall be solely responsible for the
10production and cost of: all ballots; additional temporary
11workers; and other equipment or facilities needed and used in
12the testing of the vendor's, person's, or other private
13entity's respective equipment and software. After an errorless
14test, materials used in the public test, including the program,
15if appropriate, shall be sealed and remain sealed until the
16test is run again on election day. If any error is detected,
17the cause of the error shall be determined and corrected, and
18an errorless public test shall be made before the automatic
19tabulating equipment is approved. Each election authority
20shall file a sealed copy of each tested program to be used
21within its jurisdiction at an election with the State Board of
22Elections before the election. The Board shall secure the
23program or programs of each election jurisdiction so filed in
24its office until the next election of the same type (general
25primary, general election, consolidated primary, or
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1filed. At the expiration of that time, if no election contest
2or appeal is pending in an election jurisdiction, the Board
3shall destroy the sealed program or programs. Except where
4in-precinct counting equipment is used, the test shall be
5repeated immediately before the start of the official counting
6of the ballots, in the same manner as set forth above. After
7the completion of the count, the test shall be re-run using the
8same program. Immediately after the re-run, all material used
9in testing the program and the programs shall be sealed and
10retained under the custody of the election authority for a
11period of 60 days. At the expiration of that time the election
12authority shall destroy the voted ballots, together with all
13unused ballots returned from the precincts. Provided, if any
14contest of election is pending at the time in which the ballots
15may be required as evidence and the election authority has
16notice of the contest, the same shall not be destroyed until
17after the contest is finally determined. If the use of back-up
18equipment becomes necessary, the same testing required for the
19original equipment shall be conducted.
20(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03; 94-1000, eff. 7-3-06.)
21 (10 ILCS 5/24C-10)
22 Sec. 24C-10. Recording of votes by direct recording
23electronic tabulators and electronic ballot marking devices
24Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems.
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1Recording Electronic Voting System is used to automatically
2record and count the votes on ballots or, in the case of an
3electronic ballot marking device, mark the votes on a ballot,
4the provisions of this Section shall apply. A voter shall cast
5a proper vote on a ballot by marking the designated area for
6the casting of a vote for any party or candidate or for or
7against any public question. For this purpose, a mark is an
8intentional selection of the designated area on the ballot by
9appropriate means and which is not otherwise an identifying
10mark.
11(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
12 (10 ILCS 5/24C-11)
13 Sec. 24C-11. Functional requirements. A direct recording
14electronic tabulator or electronic ballot marking device
15Direct Recording Electronic Voting System shall, in addition to
16satisfying the other requirements of this Article, fulfill the
17following functional requirements:
18 (a) Provide a voter in a primary election with the means of
19casting a ballot containing votes for any and all candidates of
20the party or parties of his or her choice, and for any and all
21non-partisan candidates and public questions and preclude the
22voter from voting for any candidate of any other political
23party except when legally permitted. In a general election, the
24system shall provide the voter with means of selecting the
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1on any public question on the ballot to which he or she is
2entitled to vote.
3 (b) If a voter is not entitled to vote for particular
4candidates or public questions appearing on the ballot, the
5system shall prevent the selection of the prohibited votes.
6 (c) Once the proper ballot has been selected, the system
7devices shall provide a means of enabling the recording of
8votes and the casting of said ballot or, in the case of an
9electronic ballot marking device, enable the recording of votes
10in order to be cast on an electronic tabulating device.
11 (d) System voting devices shall provide voting choices that
12are clear to the voter and labels indicating the names of every
13candidate and the text of every public question on the voter's
14ballot. Each label shall identify the selection button or
15switch, or the active area of the ballot associated with it.
16The system shall be able to incorporate minimal, easy-to-follow
17on-screen instruction for the voter on how to cast a ballot.
18 (e) Voting devices shall (i) enable the voter to vote for
19any and all candidates and public questions appearing on the
20ballot for which the voter is lawfully entitled to vote, in any
21legal number and combination; (ii) detect and reject all votes
22for an office or upon a public question when the voter has cast
23more votes for the office or upon the public question than the
24voter is entitled to cast; (iii) notify the voter if the
25voter's choices as recorded on the ballot for an office or
26public question are fewer than or exceed the number that the

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1voter is entitled to vote for on that office or public question
2and the effect of casting more or fewer votes than legally
3permitted; (iv) notify the voter if the voter has failed to
4completely cast a vote for an office or public question
5appearing on the ballot; and (v) permit the voter, in a private
6and independent manner, to verify the votes selected by the
7voter, to change the ballot or to correct any error on the
8ballot before the ballot is completely cast and counted. A
9means shall be provided to indicate each selection after it has
10been made or canceled.
11 (f) System voting devices shall provide a means for the
12voter to signify that the selection of candidates and public
13questions has been completed. Upon activation, a direct
14recording electronic tabulator the system shall record an image
15of the completed ballot, increment the proper ballot position
16registers, and shall signify to the voter that the ballot has
17been cast or, in the case of an electronic ballot marking
18device, the system shall record all votes and signify to the
19voter that the ballot has been marked. The system shall then
20prevent any further attempt to vote until it has been reset or
21re-enabled by a judge of election.
22 (g) Each direct recording electronic tabulator or
23electronic ballot marking device utilized as a tabulator system
24voting device shall be equipped with a public counter that can
25be set to zero prior to the opening of the polling place, and
26that records the number of ballots cast at a particular

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1election. The counter shall be incremented only by the casting
2of a ballot. The counter shall be designed to prevent disabling
3or resetting by other than authorized persons after the polls
4close. The counter shall be visible to all judges of election
5so long as the device is installed at the polling place.
6 (h) Each system voting device shall be equipped with a
7protective counter that records all of the testing and election
8ballots cast since the unit was built. This counter shall be
9designed so that its reading cannot be changed by any cause
10other than the casting of a ballot. The protective counter
11shall be incapable of ever being reset and it shall be visible
12at all times when the device is configured for testing,
13maintenance, or election use.
14 (i) All system devices shall provide a means of preventing
15further voting once the polling place has closed and after all
16eligible voters have voted. Such means of control shall
17incorporate a visible indication of system status. Each device
18shall prevent any unauthorized use, prevent tampering with
19ballot labels and preclude its re-opening once the poll closing
20has been completed for that election.
21 (j) Each direct recording electronic tabulator or
22electronic ballot marking device utilized as a tabulator The
23system shall produce a printed summary report of the votes cast
24upon each voting device. Until the proper sequence of events
25associated with closing the polling place has been completed,
26the system shall not allow the printing of a report or the

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1extraction of data. The printed report shall also contain all
2system audit information to be required by the election
3authority. Data shall not be altered or otherwise destroyed by
4report generation and the system shall ensure the integrity and
5security of data for a period of at least 6 months after the
6polls close.
7 (k) If more than one voting device is used in a polling
8place, the system shall provide a means to manually or
9electronically consolidate the data from all such units into a
10single report even if different voting systems are used to
11record ballots. The system shall also be capable of merging the
12vote tabulation results produced by other vote tabulation
13systems, if necessary.
14 (l) System functions shall be implemented such that
15unauthorized access to them is prevented and the execution of
16authorized functions in an improper sequence is precluded.
17System functions shall be executable only in the intended
18manner and order, and only under the intended conditions. If
19the preconditions to a system function have not been met, the
20function shall be precluded from executing by the system's
21control logic.
22 (m) All system voting devices shall incorporate at least 3
23memories in the machine itself and in its programmable memory
24devices.
25 (n) The system shall include capabilities of recording and
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1of maintaining a permanent record of audit information that
2cannot be turned off. Provisions shall be made to detect and
3record significant events (e.g., casting a ballot, error
4conditions that cannot be disposed of by the system itself,
5time-dependent or programmed events that occur without the
6intervention of the voter or a judge of election).
7 (o) The system and each system voting device must be
8capable of creating, printing and maintaining a permanent paper
9record and an electronic image of each ballot that is cast such
10that records of individual ballots are maintained by a
11subsystem independent and distinct from the main vote
12detection, interpretation, processing and reporting path. The
13electronic images of each ballot must protect the integrity of
14the data and the anonymity of each voter, for example, by means
15of storage location scrambling. The ballot image records may be
16either machine-readable or manually transcribed, or both, at
17the discretion of the election authority.
18 (p) The system shall include built-in test, measurement and
19diagnostic software and hardware for detecting and reporting
20the system's status and degree of operability.
21 (q) The system shall contain provisions for maintaining the
22integrity of memory voting and audit data during an election
23and for a period of at least 6 months thereafter and shall
24provide the means for creating an audit trail.
25 (r) The system shall be fully accessible so as to permit
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1physical disabilities to exercise their right to vote in
2private and without assistance.
3 (s) The system shall provide alternative language
4accessibility if required pursuant to Section 203 of the Voting
5Rights Act of 1965.
6 (t) Each voting device shall enable a voter to vote for a
7person whose name does not appear on the ballot.
8 (u) Each direct recording electronic tabulator The system
9shall record and count accurately and, in the case of an
10electronic ballot marking devices, accurately mark each vote
11properly cast for or against any candidate and for or against
12any public question, including the names of all candidates
13whose names are written in by the voters.
14 (v) The system shall allow for accepting provisional
15ballots and for separating such provisional ballots from
16precinct totals until authorized by the election authority.
17 (w) The system shall provide an effective audit trail as
18defined in Section 24C-2 in this Code.
19 (x) The system shall be suitably designed for the purpose
20used, be durably constructed, and be designed for safety,
21accuracy and efficiency.
22 (y) The system shall comply with all provisions of federal,
23State and local election laws and regulations and any future
24modifications to those laws and regulations.
25(Source: P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

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1 (10 ILCS 5/24C-12)
2 Sec. 24C-12. Procedures for counting and tallying of
3ballots. In an election jurisdiction where a direct recording
4electronic tabulator or electronic ballot marking device
5Direct Recording Electronic Voting System is used, the
6following procedures for counting and tallying the ballots
7shall apply:
8 Before the opening of the polls, the judges of elections
9shall assemble the voting equipment and devices and turn the
10equipment on. The judges shall, if necessary, take steps to
11activate the voting devices and counting equipment by inserting
12into the equipment and voting devices appropriate data cards
13containing passwords and data codes that will select the proper
14ballot formats selected for that polling place and that will
15prevent inadvertent or unauthorized activation of the
16poll-opening function. Before voting begins and before ballots
17are entered into the voting devices, the judges of election
18shall cause to be printed a record of the following: the
19election's identification data, the device's unit
20identification, the ballot's format identification, the
21contents of each active candidate register by office and of
22each active public question register showing that they contain
23all zero votes, all ballot fields that can be used to invoke
24special voting options, and other information needed to ensure
25the readiness of the equipment and to accommodate
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1check to be sure that the totals are all zeros in the counting
2columns and in the public counter affixed to the voting
3devices.
4 After the judges have determined that a person is qualified
5to vote, a voting device with the proper ballot to which the
6voter is entitled shall be enabled to be used by the voter. The
7ballot may then be cast by the voter by marking by appropriate
8means the designated area of the ballot for the casting or, in
9the case of an electronic ballot marking device, marking of a
10vote for any candidate or for or against any public question.
11The voter shall be able to vote for any and all candidates and
12public questions measures appearing on the ballot in any legal
13number and combination and the voter shall be able to delete,
14change or correct his or her selections before the ballot is
15cast. The voter shall be able to select candidates whose names
16do not appear upon the ballot for any office by entering
17electronically as many names of candidates as the voter is
18entitled to select for each office.
19 Upon completing his or her selection of candidates or
20public questions, the voter shall signify that voting has been
21completed by activating the appropriate button, switch or
22active area of the ballot screen associated with end of voting.
23Upon activation, the voting system shall record an image of the
24completed ballot, increment the proper ballot position
25registers, and shall signify to the voter that the ballot has
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1device, has been marked in order to be cast on an electronic
2tabulating device. Upon activation, the voting system shall
3also print a permanent paper record of each ballot cast as
4defined in Section 24C-2 of this Code. This permanent paper
5record shall (i) be printed in a clear, readily readable format
6that can be easily reviewed by the voter for completeness and
7accuracy and (ii) either be self-contained within the voting
8device or be deposited by the voter into a secure ballot box.
9No permanent paper record shall be removed from the polling
10place except by election officials as authorized by this
11Article. All permanent paper records shall be preserved and
12secured by election officials in the same manner as paper
13ballots and shall be available as an official record for any
14recount, redundant count, or verification or retabulation of
15the vote count conducted with respect to any election in which
16the voting system is used. The voter shall exit the voting
17station and the voting system shall prevent any further attempt
18to vote until it has been properly re-activated. If a voting
19device has been enabled for voting but the voter leaves the
20polling place without casting a ballot, 2 judges of election,
21one from each of the 2 major political parties, shall spoil the
22ballot.
23 Throughout the election day and before the closing of the
24polls, no person may check any vote totals for any candidate or
25public question on the voting or counting equipment. Such
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1equipment for reentry of ballots unless provided the proper
2code from an authorized representative of the election
3authority.
4 The precinct judges of election shall check the public
5register to determine whether the number of ballots counted by
6the voting equipment agrees with the number of voters voting as
7shown by the applications for ballot. If the same do not agree,
8the judges of election shall immediately contact the offices of
9the election authority in charge of the election for further
10instructions. If the number of ballots counted by the voting
11equipment agrees with the number of voters voting as shown by
12the application for ballot, the number shall be listed on the
13"Statement of Ballots" form provided by the election authority.
14 The totals for all candidates and propositions shall be
15tabulated. One copy of an "In-Precinct Totals Report" shall be
16generated by the automatic tabulating equipment for return to
17the election authority. One copy of an "In-Precinct Totals
18Report" shall be generated and posted in a conspicuous place
19inside the polling place, provided that any authorized
20pollwatcher or other official authorized to be present in the
21polling place to observe the counting of ballots is present.
22The judges of election shall provide, if requested, a set for
23each authorized pollwatcher or other official authorized to be
24present in the polling place to observe the counting of
25ballots. In addition, sufficient time shall be provided by the
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1information from the copy which has been posted.
2 Until December 31, 2019, in elections at which fractional
3cumulative votes are cast for candidates, the tabulation of
4those fractional cumulative votes may be made by the election
5authority at its central office location, and 4 copies of a
6"Certificate of Results" shall be printed by the automatic
7tabulation equipment and shall be posted in 4 conspicuous
8places at the central office location where those fractional
9cumulative votes have been tabulated.
10 If instructed by the election authority, the judges of
11election shall cause the tabulated returns to be transmitted
12electronically to the offices of the election authority via
13modem or other electronic medium.
14 The precinct judges of election shall select a bi-partisan
15team of 2 judges, who shall immediately return the ballots in a
16sealed container, along with all other election materials and
17equipment as instructed by the election authority; provided,
18however, that such container must first be sealed by the
19election judges with filament tape or other approved sealing
20devices provided for the purpose in a manner that the ballots
21cannot be removed from the container without breaking the seal
22or filament tape and disturbing any signatures affixed by the
23election judges to the container. The election authority shall
24keep the office of the election authority, or any receiving
25stations designated by the authority, open for at least 12
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1and election material and equipment from all precincts within
2the jurisdiction of the election authority have been returned
3to the election authority. Ballots and election materials and
4equipment returned to the office of the election authority
5which are not signed and sealed as required by law shall not be
6accepted by the election authority until the judges returning
7the ballots make and sign the necessary corrections. Upon
8acceptance of the ballots and election materials and equipment
9by the election authority, the judges returning the ballots
10shall take a receipt signed by the election authority and
11stamped with the time and date of the return. The election
12judges whose duty it is to return any ballots and election
13materials and equipment as provided shall, in the event the
14ballots, materials or equipment cannot be found when needed, on
15proper request, produce the receipt which they are to take as
16above provided.
17(Source: P.A. 99-522, eff. 6-30-16; 99-701, eff. 7-29-16.)
18 (10 ILCS 5/24C-13)
19 Sec. 24C-13. Vote by mail ballots; early voting ballots;
20proceedings at location for central counting; employees;
21approval of list.
22 (a) All jurisdictions using direct recording electronic
23tabulators or electronic ballot marking devices Direct
24Recording Electronic Voting Systems shall use paper ballots or
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124B of this Code when conducting vote by mail voting. All vote
2by mail ballots shall be counted at the central ballot counting
3location of the election authority. Sections The provisions of
4Section 24A-9, 24B-9, and 24C-9 of this Code shall apply to the
5testing and notice requirements for central count tabulation
6equipment, including comparing the signature on the ballot
7envelope with the signature of the voter on the permanent voter
8registration record card taken from the master file. Vote
9results shall be recorded by precinct and shall be added to the
10vote results for the precinct in which the vote by mail voter
11was eligible to vote prior to completion of the official
12canvass.
13 (b) All proceedings at the location for central counting
14shall be under the direction of the county clerk or board of
15election commissioners. Except for any specially trained
16technicians required for the operation of the direct recording
17electronic tabulator or electronic ballot marking device
18Direct Recording Electronic Voting System, the employees at the
19counting station shall be equally divided between members of
20the 2 leading political parties and all duties performed by the
21employees shall be by teams consisting of an equal number of
22members of each political party. Thirty days before an election
23the county clerk or board of election commissioners shall
24submit to the chair of each political party, for his or her
25approval or disapproval, a list of persons of his or her party
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1election authority of his or her disapproval of any proposed
2employee within a period of 10 days thereafter the list shall
3be deemed approved.
4(Source: P.A. 100-1027, eff. 1-1-19.)
5 (10 ILCS 5/24C-14)
6 Sec. 24C-14. Tabulating votes Votes; direction Direction;
7presence of public Presence of Public; computer operator's log
8and canvass Computer Operator's Log and Canvass. The procedure
9for tabulating the votes by the direct recording electronic
10tabulator or electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording
11Electronic Voting System shall be under the direction of the
12election authority and shall conform to the requirements of the
13direct recording electronic tabulator or electronic ballot
14marking device Direct Recording Electronic Voting System.
15During any election-related activity using the automatic
16direct recording electronic tabulator or electronic ballot
17marking device Direct Recording Electronic Voting System
18equipment, the election authority shall make a reasonable
19effort to dedicate the equipment to vote processing to ensure
20the security and integrity of the system.
21 A reasonable number of pollwatchers shall be admitted to
22the counting location. Such persons may observe the tabulating
23process at the discretion of the election authority; however,
24at least one representative of each established political party
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1permitted to observe this process at all times. No persons
2except those employed and authorized for the purpose shall
3touch any ballot, ballot box, return, or equipment.
4 The computer operator shall be designated by the election
5authority and shall be sworn as a deputy of the election
6authority. In conducting the vote tabulation and canvass, the
7computer operator must maintain a log which shall include the
8following information:
9 (a) alterations made to programs associated with the
10 vote counting process;
11 (b) if applicable, console messages relating to the
12 program and the respective responses made by the operator;
13 (c) the starting time for each precinct counted, the
14 number of ballots counted for each precinct, any equipment
15 problems and, insofar as practicable, the number of invalid
16 security designations encountered during that count; and
17 (d) changes and repairs made to the equipment during
18 the vote tabulation and canvass.
19 The computer operator's log and canvass shall be available
20for public inspection in the office of the election authority
21for a period of 60 days following the proclamation of election
22results. A copy of the computer operator's log and the canvass
23shall be transmitted to the State Board of Elections upon its
24request and at its expense.
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1 (10 ILCS 5/24C-15)
2 Sec. 24C-15. Official return of precinct; check of totals;
3audit. The precinct return printed by the direct recording
4electronic tabulator or electronic ballot marking device
5utilized as a tabulator Direct Recording Electronic Voting
6System tabulating equipment shall include the number of ballots
7cast and votes cast for each candidate and public question and
8shall constitute the official return of each precinct. In
9addition to the precinct return, the election authority shall
10provide the number of applications for ballots in each
11precinct, the total number of ballots and vote by mail ballots
12counted in each precinct for each political subdivision and
13district and the number of registered voters in each precinct.
14However, the election authority shall check the totals shown by
15the precinct return and, if there is an obvious discrepancy
16regarding the total number of votes cast in any precinct, shall
17have the ballots for that precinct audited to correct the
18return. The procedures for this audit shall apply prior to and
19after the proclamation is completed; however, after the
20proclamation of results, the election authority must obtain a
21court order to unseal voted ballots or voting devices except
22for election contests and discovery recounts. The certificate
23of results, which has been prepared and signed by the judges of
24election after the ballots have been tabulated, shall be the
25document used for the canvass of votes for such precinct.
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1between the unofficial results and the certificate of results,
2or whenever a discrepancy exists during the canvass of votes
3between the certificate of results and the set of totals
4reflected on the certificate of results, the ballots for that
5precinct shall be audited to correct the return.
6 Prior to the proclamation, the election authority shall
7test the voting devices and equipment in 5% of the precincts
8within the election jurisdiction, as well as 5% of the voting
9devices used in early voting. The precincts and the voting
10devices to be tested shall be selected after election day on a
11random basis by the State Board of Elections, so that every
12precinct and every device used in early voting in the election
13jurisdiction has an equal mathematical chance of being
14selected. The State Board of Elections shall design a standard
15and scientific random method of selecting the precincts and
16voting devices that are to be tested. The State central
17committee chair of each established political party shall be
18given prior written notice of the time and place of the random
19selection procedure and may be represented at the procedure.
20 The test shall be conducted by counting the votes marked on
21the permanent paper record of each ballot cast in the tested
22precinct printed by the voting system at the time that each
23ballot was cast and comparing the results of this count with
24the results shown by the certificate of results prepared by the
25direct recording electronic tabulator or electronic ballot
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1Electronic Voting System in the test precinct. The election
2authority shall test count these votes either by hand or by
3using an automatic tabulating device other than a direct
4recording electronic tabulator or electronic ballot marking
5device Direct Recording Electronic voting device that has been
6approved by the State Board of Elections for that purpose and
7tested before use to ensure accuracy. The election authority
8shall print the results of each test count. If any error is
9detected, the cause shall be determined and corrected, and an
10errorless count shall be made prior to the official canvass and
11proclamation of election results. If an errorless count cannot
12be conducted and there continues to be difference in vote
13results between the certificate of results produced by the
14direct recording electronic tabulator or electronic ballot
15marking device utilized as a tabulator Direct Recording
16Electronic Voting System and the count of the permanent paper
17records or if an error was detected and corrected, the election
18authority shall immediately prepare and forward to the
19appropriate canvassing board a written report explaining the
20results of the test and any errors encountered and the report
21shall be made available for public inspection.
22 The State Board of Elections, the State's Attorney and
23other appropriate law enforcement agencies, the county chair of
24each established political party and qualified civic
25organizations shall be given prior written notice of the time
26and place of the test and may be represented at the test.

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1 The results of this post-election test shall be treated in
2the same manner and have the same effect as the results of the
3discovery procedures set forth in Section 22-9.1 of this Code.
4(Source: P.A. 100-1027, eff. 1-1-19.)
5 (10 ILCS 5/24C-15.01)
6 Sec. 24C-15.01. Transporting ballots to central counting
7station Ballots to Central Counting Station; container
8Container. Upon completion of the tabulation, audit or test of
9voting equipment pursuant to Sections 24C-11 through 24C-15,
10the ballots and the medium containing the ballots from each
11precinct shall be replaced in the container in which they were
12transported to the central counting station. If the container
13is not a type which may be securely locked, then each
14container, before being transferred from the counting station
15to storage, shall be securely sealed.
16(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
17 (10 ILCS 5/24C-15.1)
18 Sec. 24C-15.1. Discovery, recounts, and election contests
19Recounts and Election Contests. Except as provided, discovery
20recounts and election contests shall be conducted as otherwise
21provided for in this Code. The direct recording electronic
22tabulator or electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording
23Electronic Voting System equipment shall be tested prior to the
24discovery recount or election contest as provided in Section

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124C-9, and then the official ballots shall be audited.
2 Any person who has filed a petition for discovery recount
3may request that a redundant count be conducted in those
4precincts in which the discovery recount is being conducted.
5The additional costs of a redundant count shall be borne by the
6requesting party.
7 The log of the computer operator and all materials retained
8by the election authority in relation to vote tabulation and
9canvass shall be made available for any discovery recount or
10election contest.
11(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
12 (10 ILCS 5/24C-16)
13 Sec. 24C-16. Approval of direct recording electronic
14tabulator or electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording
15Electronic Voting Systems; requisites Requisites. The State
16Board of Elections shall approve all direct recording
17electronic tabulators and electronic ballot marking devices
18Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems that fulfill the
19functional requirements provided by Section 24C-11 of this
20Code, the mandatory requirements of the federal voting system
21standards pertaining to direct recording electronic tabulators
22and electronic ballot marking devices Direct Recording
23Electronic Voting Systems promulgated by the Federal Election
24Commission or the Election Assistance Commission, the testing
25requirements of an approved independent testing authority and

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1the rules of the State Board of Elections.
2 The State Board of Elections shall not approve any direct
3recording electronic tabulator or electronic ballot marking
4device Direct Recording Electronic Voting System that includes
5an external Infrared Data Association (IrDA) communications
6port.
7 The State Board of Elections is authorized to withdraw its
8approval of a direct recording electronic tabulator or
9electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording Electronic
10Voting System if the system System, once approved, fails to
11fulfill the above requirements.
12 The vendor, person, or other private entity shall be solely
13responsible for the production and cost of: all application
14fees; all ballots; additional temporary workers; and other
15equipment or facilities needed and used in the testing of the
16vendor's, person's, or other private entity's respective
17equipment and software.
18 Any voting system vendor, person, or other private entity
19seeking the State Board of Elections' approval of a voting
20system shall, as part of the approval application, submit to
21the State Board a non-refundable fee. The State Board of
22Elections by rule shall establish an appropriate fee structure,
23taking into account the type of voting system approval that is
24requested (such as approval of a new system, a modification of
25an existing system, the size of the modification, etc.). No
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1approved unless the fee is paid.
2 No vendor, person, or other entity may sell, lease, or
3loan, or have a written contract, including a contract
4contingent upon State Board approval of the voting system or
5voting system component, to sell, lease, or loan, a direct
6recording electronic tabulator, electronic ballot marking
7device Direct Recording Electronic Voting System or system
8component to any election jurisdiction unless the system or
9system component is first approved by the State Board of
10Elections pursuant to this Section.
11(Source: P.A. 94-1000, eff. 7-3-06; 95-699, eff. 11-9-07.)
12 (10 ILCS 5/24C-17)
13 Sec. 24C-17. Rules; number of voting stations Number of
14Voting Stations. The State Board of Elections may make
15reasonable rules for the administration of this Article and may
16prescribe the number of voting stations required for the
17various types of voting systems.
18(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
19 (10 ILCS 5/24C-18)
20 Sec. 24C-18. Specimen ballots Ballots; publication
21Publication. When a direct recording electronic tabulator or
22electronic ballot marking device Direct Recording Electronic
23Voting System is used, the election authority shall cause to be
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1general primary election, in 2 or more newspapers published in
2and having a general circulation in the county, a true and
3legible copy of the specimen ballot containing the names of
4offices and candidates and public questions to be voted on, as
5near as may be, in the form in which they will appear on the
6official ballot on election day. A true legible copy may be in
7the form of an actual size ballot and shall be published as
8required by this Section if distributed in 2 or more newspapers
9published and having a general circulation in the county as an
10insert. For each election prescribed in Article 2A of this
11Code, specimen ballots shall be made available for public
12distribution and shall be supplied to the judges of election
13for posting in the polling place on the day of election. Notice
14for the consolidated elections shall be given as provided in
15Article 12.
16(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
17 (10 ILCS 5/24C-19)
18 Sec. 24C-19. Additional method of voting Method of Voting.
19The foregoing Sections of this Article shall be deemed to
20provide a method of voting in addition to the methods otherwise
21provided in this Code.
22(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)
23 (10 ILCS 5/28-9) (from Ch. 46, par. 28-9)
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1questions of public policy; petition; filing. Petitions for
2proposed amendments to Article IV of the Constitution pursuant
3to Section 3, Article XIV of the Constitution shall be signed
4by a number of electors equal in number to at least 8% of the
5total votes cast for candidates for Governor in the preceding
6gubernatorial election. Such petition shall have been signed by
7the petitioning electors not more than 24 months preceding the
8general election at which the proposed amendment is to be
9submitted and shall be filed with the Secretary of State at
10least 6 months before that general election.
11 Upon receipt of a petition for a proposed Constitutional
12amendment, the Secretary of State shall, as soon as is
13practicable, but no later than the close of the next business
14day, deliver such petition to the State Board of Elections.
15 Petitions for advisory questions of public policy to be
16submitted to the voters of the entire State shall be signed by
17a number of voters equal in number to 8% of the total votes
18cast for candidates for Governor in the preceding gubernatorial
19election. Such petition shall have been signed by said
20petitioners not more than 24 months preceding the date of the
21general election at which the question is to be submitted and
22shall be filed with the State Board of Elections at least 6
23months before that general election.
24 The proponents of the proposed statewide advisory public
25question shall file the original petition for a proposed
26Constitutional amendment or a statewide advisory public

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1question in bound sections. Each section shall be composed of
2consecutively numbered petition sheets bound in sections,
3containing only the original signatures of registered voters in
4the State. Any petition sheets not consecutively numbered or
5which contain duplicate page numbers already used on other
6sheets, or are photocopies or duplicates of the original
7sheets, shall not be considered part of the petition for the
8purpose of the random sampling verification and shall not be
9counted toward the minimum number of signatures required to
10qualify the proposed statewide advisory public question for the
11ballot.
12 Within 7 business days following the last day for filing
13the original petition, the proponents shall also file copies of
14the petition sheets with each proper election authority and
15obtain a receipt therefor.
16 For purposes of this Act, the following terms shall be
17defined and construed as follows:
18 1. "Board" means the State Board of Elections.
19 2. "Election Authority" means a county clerk or city or
20county board of election commissioners.
21 3. (Blank).
22 4. "Proponents" means any person, association, committee,
23organization or other group, or their designated
24representatives, who advocate and cause the circulation and
25filing of petitions for a statewide advisory question of public
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1a general election and who has registered with the Board as
2provided in this Act.
3 5. "Opponents" means any person, association, committee,
4organization or other group, or their designated
5representatives, who oppose a statewide advisory question of
6public policy or a proposed constitutional amendment for
7submission at a general election and who have registered with
8the Board as provided in this Act.
9(Source: P.A. 97-81, eff. 7-5-11; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

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1 INDEX
2 Statutes amended in order of appearance
3 10 ILCS 5/4-8from Ch. 46, par. 4-8
4 10 ILCS 5/4-8.03from Ch. 46, par. 4-8.03
5 10 ILCS 5/5-7from Ch. 46, par. 5-7
6 10 ILCS 5/6-35from Ch. 46, par. 6-35
7 10 ILCS 5/14-3.1from Ch. 46, par. 14-3.1
8 10 ILCS 5/22-6from Ch. 46, par. 22-6
9 10 ILCS 5/24B-2
10 10 ILCS 5/24B-4
11 10 ILCS 5/24B-6
12 10 ILCS 5/24B-9
13 10 ILCS 5/Art. 24C heading
14 10 ILCS 5/24C-1
15 10 ILCS 5/24C-2
16 10 ILCS 5/24C-3
17 10 ILCS 5/24C-3.1
18 10 ILCS 5/24C-4
19 10 ILCS 5/24C-5
20 10 ILCS 5/24C-5.1
21 10 ILCS 5/24C-5.2
22 10 ILCS 5/24C-6
23 10 ILCS 5/24C-6.1
24 10 ILCS 5/24C-7
25 10 ILCS 5/24C-8

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