100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2017 and 2018
SB3618

Introduced 5/31/2018, by Sen. Heather A. Steans

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
10 ILCS 5/1-3 from Ch. 46, par. 1-3
10 ILCS 5/1-13
10 ILCS 5/1-13.5 new
10 ILCS 5/2A-1.1 from Ch. 46, par. 2A-1.1
10 ILCS 5/7-10 from Ch. 46, par. 7-10

Amends the Election Code. Changes the date for general primary elections from the third Tuesday in March to the first Tuesday in April. Changes the date for consolidated primary elections from the last Tuesday in February to the second Tuesday in March. In provisions concerning nomination petitions for established party candidates, provides that the minimum signature requirement for various offices may not exceed 5,000. For various offices currently without a maximum signature requirement, provides that a candidate's petition for nomination may not contain more than 3 times the minimum number of signatures required for the office. Provides that when reviewing a candidate's petition for nomination under these provisions, an election authority shall only consider signatures beginning on the first page of the petition through the signature on the page where the maximum signature requirement is met. Requires the State Board of Elections to adopt rules authorizing election authorities and local election officials to establish procedures under which digital voter signatures may be collected for nominating, candidate, and referendum petitions. Provides that the rules shall allow any election authority or local election official to provide or supply electronic devices for the collection of digital voter signatures on petitions. Provides that the electronic devices may be capable of allowing a person to access and use the online voter registration system established under the Code. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.
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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
5Sections 1-3, 1-13, 7-10, and 2A-1.1 and by adding Section
61-13.5 as follows:
7 (10 ILCS 5/1-3) (from Ch. 46, par. 1-3)
8 Sec. 1-3. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise
9requires:
10 1. "Election" includes the submission of all questions of
11public policy, propositions, and all measures submitted to
12popular vote, and includes primary elections when so indicated
13by the context.
14 2. "Regular election" means the general, general primary,
15consolidated and consolidated primary elections regularly
16scheduled in Article 2A. The even numbered year municipal
17primary established in Article 2A is a regular election only
18with respect to those municipalities in which a primary is
19required to be held on such date.
20 3. "Special election" means an election not regularly
21recurring at fixed intervals, irrespective of whether it is
22held at the same time and place and by the same election
23officers as a regular election.

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

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

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1 12. "Petition" of candidacy as used in Sections 7-10 and
27-10.1 shall consist of a statement of candidacy, candidate's
3statement containing oath, and sheets containing signatures of
4qualified primary electors bound together.
5 13. "Election district" and "precinct", when used with
6reference to a 30-day residence requirement, means the smallest
7constituent territory in which electors vote as a unit at the
8same polling place in any election governed by this Act.
9 14. "District" means any area which votes as a unit for the
10election of any officer, other than the State or a unit of
11local government or school district, and includes, but is not
12limited to, legislative, congressional and judicial districts,
13judicial circuits, county board districts, municipal and
14sanitary district wards, school board districts, and
15precincts.
16 15. "Question of public policy" or "public question" means
17any question, proposition or measure submitted to the voters at
18an election dealing with subject matter other than the
19nomination or election of candidates and shall include, but is
20not limited to, any bond or tax referendum, and questions
21relating to the Constitution.
22 16. "Ordinance providing the form of government of a
23municipality or county pursuant to Article VII of the
24Constitution" includes ordinances, resolutions and petitions
25adopted by referendum which provide for the form of government,
26the officers or the manner of selection or terms of office of

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1officers of such municipality or county, pursuant to the
2provisions of Sections 4, 6 or 7 of Article VII of the
3Constitution.
4 17. "List" as used in Sections 4-11, 4-22, 5-14, 5-29,
56-60, and 6-66 shall include a computer tape or computer disc
6or other electronic data processing information containing
7voter information.
8 18. "Accessible" means accessible to persons with
9disabilities and elderly individuals for the purpose of voting
10or registration, as determined by rule of the State Board of
11Elections.
12 19. "Elderly" means 65 years of age or older.
13 20. "Person with a disability" means a person having a
14temporary or permanent physical disability.
15 21. "Leading political party" means one of the two
16political parties whose candidates for governor at the most
17recent three gubernatorial elections received either the
18highest or second highest average number of votes. The
19political party whose candidates for governor received the
20highest average number of votes shall be known as the first
21leading political party and the political party whose
22candidates for governor received the second highest average
23number of votes shall be known as the second leading political
24party.
25 22. "Business day" means any day in which the office of an
26election authority, local election official or the State Board

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1of Elections is open to the public for a minimum of 7 hours.
2 23. "Homeless individual" means any person who has a
3nontraditional residence, including, but not limited to, a
4shelter, day shelter, park bench, street corner, or space under
5a bridge.
6 24. "Signature" means a name signed in ink or in digitized
7form. Except as otherwise provided in Section 1-13.5, this This
8definition does not apply to a nominating or candidate petition
9or a referendum petition.
10 25. "Intelligent mail barcode tracking system" means a
11printed trackable barcode attached to the return business reply
12envelope for mail-in ballots under Article 19 or Article 20
13that allows an election authority to determine the date the
14envelope was mailed in absence of a postmark.
15(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 99-522, eff. 6-30-16.)
16 (10 ILCS 5/1-13)
17 Sec. 1-13. Forms of signature. The making and signing of
18any form, including an application to register, a certificate
19authorizing cancellation of a registration or authorizing a
20transfer of registration, an application to vote, a provisional
21ballot, or affidavit, but not including a nominating or
22candidate petition or a referendum petition, may be by a
23signature written in ink or in digitized form. Except as
24otherwise provided in Section 1-13.5, the making and signing of
25forms under this Section does not include the signing of a

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1nominating or candidate petition or a referendum petition.
2(Source: P.A. 99-522, eff. 6-30-16.)
3 (10 ILCS 5/1-13.5 new)
4 Sec. 1-13.5. Authorization of digital signatures on
5nominating, candidate, and referendum petitions. No later than
6September 1, 2018, the State Board of Elections shall adopt
7rules authorizing election authorities and local election
8officials to establish procedures under which digital voter
9signatures may be collected for nominating, candidate, and
10referendum petitions. Those rules shall provide that any
11election authority or local election official may provide or
12supply electronic devices for the collection of digital voter
13signatures on petitions. The electronic devices, whether or not
14they are supplied by an election authority or local election
15official, may be capable of allowing a person to access and use
16the online voter registration system established under Section
171A-16.5.
18 (10 ILCS 5/2A-1.1) (from Ch. 46, par. 2A-1.1)
19 Sec. 2A-1.1. All Elections - Consolidated Schedule.
20 (a) In even-numbered years, the general election shall be
21held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November;
22and an election to be known as the general primary election
23shall be held on the first third Tuesday in April March;
24 (b) In odd-numbered years, an election to be known as the

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1consolidated election shall be held on the first Tuesday in
2April except as provided in Section 2A-1.1a of this Act; and an
3election to be known as the consolidated primary election shall
4be held on the second last Tuesday in March February.
5(Source: P.A. 95-6, eff. 6-20-07; 96-886, eff. 1-1-11.)
6 (10 ILCS 5/7-10) (from Ch. 46, par. 7-10)
7 Sec. 7-10. Form of petition for nomination. The name of no
8candidate for nomination, or State central committeeman, or
9township committeeman, or precinct committeeman, or ward
10committeeman or candidate for delegate or alternate delegate to
11national nominating conventions, shall be printed upon the
12primary ballot unless a petition for nomination has been filed
13in his behalf as provided in this Article in substantially the
14following form:
15 We, the undersigned, members of and affiliated with the
16.... party and qualified primary electors of the .... party, in
17the .... of ...., in the county of .... and State of Illinois,
18do hereby petition that the following named person or persons
19shall be a candidate or candidates of the .... party for the
20nomination for (or in case of committeemen for election to) the
21office or offices hereinafter specified, to be voted for at the
22primary election to be held on (insert date).
23 NameOfficeAddress
24John JonesGovernorBelvidere, Ill.
25Jane James Lieutenant Governor Peoria, Ill.

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1Thomas SmithAttorney GeneralOakland, Ill.
2Name.................. Address.......................
3State of Illinois)
4 ) ss.
5County of........)
6 I, ...., do hereby certify that I reside at No. ....
7street, in the .... of ...., county of ...., and State of
8....., that I am 18 years of age or older, that I am a citizen
9of the United States, and that the signatures on this sheet
10were signed in my presence, and are genuine, and that to the
11best of my knowledge and belief the persons so signing were at
12the time of signing the petitions qualified voters of the ....
13party, and that their respective residences are correctly
14stated, as above set forth.
15
.........................
16 Subscribed and sworn to before me on (insert date).
17
.........................
18 Each sheet of the petition other than the statement of
19candidacy and candidate's statement shall be of uniform size
20and shall contain above the space for signatures an appropriate
21heading giving the information as to name of candidate or
22candidates, in whose behalf such petition is signed; the
23office, the political party represented and place of residence;

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1and the heading of each sheet shall be the same.
2 Such petition shall be signed by qualified primary electors
3residing in the political division for which the nomination is
4sought in their own proper persons only and opposite the
5signature of each signer, his residence address shall be
6written or printed. The residence address required to be
7written or printed opposite each qualified primary elector's
8name shall include the street address or rural route number of
9the signer, as the case may be, as well as the signer's county,
10and city, village or town, and state. However the county or
11city, village or town, and state of residence of the electors
12may be printed on the petition forms where all of the electors
13signing the petition reside in the same county or city, village
14or town, and state. Standard abbreviations may be used in
15writing the residence address, including street number, if any.
16At the bottom of each sheet of such petition shall be added a
17circulator statement signed by a person 18 years of age or
18older who is a citizen of the United States, stating the street
19address or rural route number, as the case may be, as well as
20the county, city, village or town, and state; and certifying
21that the signatures on that sheet of the petition were signed
22in his or her presence and certifying that the signatures are
23genuine; and either (1) indicating the dates on which that
24sheet was circulated, or (2) indicating the first and last
25dates on which the sheet was circulated, or (3) certifying that
26none of the signatures on the sheet were signed more than 90

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1days preceding the last day for the filing of the petition and
2certifying that to the best of his or her knowledge and belief
3the persons so signing were at the time of signing the
4petitions qualified voters of the political party for which a
5nomination is sought. Such statement shall be sworn to before
6some officer authorized to administer oaths in this State.
7 No petition sheet shall be circulated more than 90 days
8preceding the last day provided in Section 7-12 for the filing
9of such petition.
10 The person circulating the petition, or the candidate on
11whose behalf the petition is circulated, may strike any
12signature from the petition, provided that:
13 (1) the person striking the signature shall initial the
14 petition at the place where the signature is struck; and
15 (2) the person striking the signature shall sign a
16 certification listing the page number and line number of
17 each signature struck from the petition. Such
18 certification shall be filed as a part of the petition.
19 Such sheets before being filed shall be neatly fastened
20together in book form, by placing the sheets in a pile and
21fastening them together at one edge in a secure and suitable
22manner, and the sheets shall then be numbered consecutively.
23The sheets shall not be fastened by pasting them together end
24to end, so as to form a continuous strip or roll. All petition
25sheets which are filed with the proper local election
26officials, election authorities or the State Board of Elections

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1shall be the original sheets which have been signed by the
2voters and by the circulator thereof, and not photocopies or
3duplicates of such sheets. Each petition must include as a part
4thereof, a statement of candidacy for each of the candidates
5filing, or in whose behalf the petition is filed. This
6statement shall set out the address of such candidate, the
7office for which he is a candidate, shall state that the
8candidate is a qualified primary voter of the party to which
9the petition relates and is qualified for the office specified
10(in the case of a candidate for State's Attorney it shall state
11that the candidate is at the time of filing such statement a
12licensed attorney-at-law of this State), shall state that he
13has filed (or will file before the close of the petition filing
14period) a statement of economic interests as required by the
15Illinois Governmental Ethics Act, shall request that the
16candidate's name be placed upon the official ballot, and shall
17be subscribed and sworn to by such candidate before some
18officer authorized to take acknowledgment of deeds in the State
19and shall be in substantially the following form:
20
Statement of Candidacy
21NameAddressOfficeDistrictParty
22John Jones102 Main St.GovernorStatewideRepublican
23Belvidere,
24Illinois
25State of Illinois)

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1 ) ss.
2County of .......)
3 I, ...., being first duly sworn, say that I reside at ....
4Street in the city (or village) of ...., in the county of ....,
5State of Illinois; that I am a qualified voter therein and am a
6qualified primary voter of the .... party; that I am a
7candidate for nomination (for election in the case of
8committeeman and delegates and alternate delegates) to the
9office of .... to be voted upon at the primary election to be
10held on (insert date); that I am legally qualified (including
11being the holder of any license that may be an eligibility
12requirement for the office I seek the nomination for) to hold
13such office and that I have filed (or I will file before the
14close of the petition filing period) a statement of economic
15interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act
16and I hereby request that my name be printed upon the official
17primary ballot for nomination for (or election to in the case
18of committeemen and delegates and alternate delegates) such
19office.
20
Signed ......................
21 Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me by ....,
22who is to me personally known, on (insert date).
23
Signed ....................
24
(Official Character)
25(Seal, if officer has one.)

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1 The petitions, when filed, shall not be withdrawn or added
2to, and no signatures shall be revoked except by revocation
3filed in writing with the State Board of Elections, election
4authority or local election official with whom the petition is
5required to be filed, and before the filing of such petition.
6Whoever forges the name of a signer upon any petition required
7by this Article is deemed guilty of a forgery and on conviction
8thereof shall be punished accordingly.
9 A candidate for the offices listed in this Section must
10obtain the number of signatures specified in this Section on
11his or her petition for nomination.
12 (a) Statewide office or delegate to a national nominating
13convention. If a candidate seeks to run for statewide office or
14as a delegate or alternate delegate to a national nominating
15convention elected from the State at-large, then the
16candidate's petition for nomination must contain at least 5,000
17but not more than 10,000 signatures.
18 (b) Congressional office or congressional delegate to a
19national nominating convention. If a candidate seeks to run for
20United States Congress or as a congressional delegate or
21alternate congressional delegate to a national nominating
22convention elected from a congressional district, then the
23candidate's petition for nomination must contain at least the
24number of signatures equal to 0.5% of the qualified primary
25electors of his or her party in his or her congressional
26district, except the minimum signature requirement for the

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1candidate may not exceed 5,000. In the first primary election
2following a redistricting of congressional districts, a
3candidate's petition for nomination must contain at least 600
4signatures of qualified primary electors of the candidate's
5political party in his or her congressional district.
6 (c) County office. If a candidate seeks to run for any
7countywide office, including but not limited to county board
8chairperson or county board member, elected on an at-large
9basis, in a county other than Cook County, then the candidate's
10petition for nomination must contain at least the number of
11signatures equal to 0.5% of the qualified electors of his or
12her party who cast votes at the last preceding general election
13in his or her county, except the minimum signature requirement
14for the candidate may not exceed 5,000. If a candidate seeks to
15run for county board member elected from a county board
16district, then the candidate's petition for nomination must
17contain at least the number of signatures equal to 0.5% of the
18qualified primary electors of his or her party in the county
19board district, except the minimum signature requirement for
20the candidate may not exceed 5,000. In the first primary
21election following a redistricting of county board districts or
22the initial establishment of county board districts, a
23candidate's petition for nomination must contain at least the
24number of signatures equal to 0.5% of the qualified electors of
25his or her party in the entire county who cast votes at the
26last preceding general election divided by the total number of

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1county board districts comprising the county board; provided
2that in no event shall the number of signatures be less than 25
3and the minimum signature requirement for the candidate may not
4exceed 5,000.
5 (d) County office; Cook County only.
6 (1) If a candidate seeks to run for countywide office
7 in Cook County, then the candidate's petition for
8 nomination must contain at least the number of signatures
9 equal to 0.5% of the qualified electors of his or her party
10 who cast votes at the last preceding general election in
11 Cook County, except the minimum signature requirement for
12 the candidate may not exceed 5,000.
13 (2) If a candidate seeks to run for Cook County Board
14 Commissioner, then the candidate's petition for nomination
15 must contain at least the number of signatures equal to
16 0.5% of the qualified primary electors of his or her party
17 in his or her county board district, except the minimum
18 signature requirement for the candidate may not exceed
19 5,000. In the first primary election following a
20 redistricting of Cook County Board of Commissioners
21 districts, a candidate's petition for nomination must
22 contain at least the number of signatures equal to 0.5% of
23 the qualified electors of his or her party in the entire
24 county who cast votes at the last preceding general
25 election divided by the total number of county board
26 districts comprising the county board; provided that in no

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1 event shall the number of signatures be less than 25 and
2 the minimum signature requirement for the candidate may not
3 exceed 5,000.
4 (3) If a candidate seeks to run for Cook County Board
5 of Review Commissioner, which is elected from a district
6 pursuant to subsection (c) of Section 5-5 of the Property
7 Tax Code, then the candidate's petition for nomination must
8 contain at least the number of signatures equal to 0.5% of
9 the total number of registered voters in his or her board
10 of review district in the last general election at which a
11 commissioner was regularly scheduled to be elected from
12 that board of review district. In no event shall the number
13 of signatures required be greater than the requisite number
14 for a candidate who seeks countywide office in Cook County
15 under subsection (d)(1) of this Section. In the first
16 primary election following a redistricting of Cook County
17 Board of Review districts, a candidate's petition for
18 nomination must contain at least 4,000 signatures or at
19 least the number of signatures required for a countywide
20 candidate in Cook County, whichever is less, of the
21 qualified electors of his or her party in the district.
22 (e) Municipal or township office. If a candidate seeks to
23run for municipal or township office, then the candidate's
24petition for nomination must contain at least the number of
25signatures equal to 0.5% of the qualified primary electors of
26his or her party in the municipality or township, except the

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1minimum signature requirement for the candidate may not exceed
25,000. If a candidate seeks to run for alderman of a
3municipality, then the candidate's petition for nomination
4must contain at least the number of signatures equal to 0.5% of
5the qualified primary electors of his or her party of the ward,
6except the minimum signature requirement for the candidate may
7not exceed 5,000. In the first primary election following
8redistricting of aldermanic wards or trustee districts of a
9municipality or the initial establishment of wards or
10districts, a candidate's petition for nomination must contain
11the number of signatures equal to at least 0.5% of the total
12number of votes cast for the candidate of that political party
13who received the highest number of votes in the entire
14municipality at the last regular election at which an officer
15was regularly scheduled to be elected from the entire
16municipality, divided by the number of wards or districts. In
17no event shall the number of signatures be less than 25 and the
18minimum signature requirement for the candidate may not exceed
195,000.
20 (f) State central committeeperson. If a candidate seeks to
21run for State central committeeperson, then the candidate's
22petition for nomination must contain at least 100 signatures of
23the primary electors of his or her party of his or her
24congressional district.
25 (g) Sanitary district trustee. If a candidate seeks to run
26for trustee of a sanitary district in which trustees are not

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1elected from wards, then the candidate's petition for
2nomination must contain at least the number of signatures equal
3to 0.5% of the primary electors of his or her party from the
4sanitary district, except the minimum signature requirement
5for the candidate may not exceed 5,000. If a candidate seeks to
6run for trustee of a sanitary district in which trustees are
7elected from wards, then the candidate's petition for
8nomination must contain at least the number of signatures equal
9to 0.5% of the primary electors of his or her party in the ward
10of that sanitary district, except the minimum signature
11requirement for the candidate may not exceed 5,000. In the
12first primary election following redistricting of sanitary
13districts elected from wards, a candidate's petition for
14nomination must contain at least the signatures of 150
15qualified primary electors of his or her ward of that sanitary
16district.
17 (h) Judicial office. If a candidate seeks to run for
18judicial office in a district, then the candidate's petition
19for nomination must contain the number of signatures equal to
200.4% of the number of votes cast in that district for the
21candidate for his or her political party for the office of
22Governor at the last general election at which a Governor was
23elected, but in no event less than 500 signatures and the
24minimum signature requirement for the candidate may not exceed
255,000. If a candidate seeks to run for judicial office in a
26circuit or subcircuit, then the candidate's petition for

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1nomination must contain the number of signatures equal to 0.25%
2of the number of votes cast for the judicial candidate of his
3or her political party who received the highest number of votes
4at the last general election at which a judicial officer from
5the same circuit or subcircuit was regularly scheduled to be
6elected, but in no event: (1) less than 1,000 signatures, and
7the minimum signature requirement for the candidate may not
8exceed 5,000, in circuits and subcircuits located in the First
9Judicial District; or (2) less than 500 signatures, and the
10minimum signature requirement for the candidate may not exceed
115,000, in every other Judicial District.
12 (i) Precinct, ward, and township committeeperson. If a
13candidate seeks to run for precinct committeeperson, then the
14candidate's petition for nomination must contain at least 10
15signatures of the primary electors of his or her party for the
16precinct. If a candidate seeks to run for ward committeeperson,
17then the candidate's petition for nomination must contain no
18less than the number of signatures equal to 10% of the primary
19electors of his or her party of the ward, except the minimum
20signature requirement for the candidate may not exceed 5,000,
21but no more than 16% of those same electors; provided that the
22maximum number of signatures may be 50 more than the minimum
23number, whichever is greater. If a candidate seeks to run for
24township committeeperson, then the candidate's petition for
25nomination must contain no less than the number of signatures
26equal to 5% of the primary electors of his or her party of the

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1township, except the minimum signature requirement for the
2candidate may not exceed 5,000, but no more than 8% of those
3same electors; provided that the maximum number of signatures
4may be 50 more than the minimum number, whichever is greater.
5 (j) State's attorney or regional superintendent of schools
6for multiple counties. If a candidate seeks to run for State's
7attorney or regional Superintendent of Schools who serves more
8than one county, then the candidate's petition for nomination
9must contain at least the number of signatures equal to 0.5% of
10the primary electors of his or her party in the territory
11comprising the counties, except the minimum signature
12requirement for the candidate may not exceed 5,000.
13 (k) Any other office. If a candidate seeks any other
14office, then the candidate's petition for nomination must
15contain at least the number of signatures equal to 0.5% of the
16registered voters of the political subdivision, district, or
17division for which the nomination is made or 25 signatures,
18whichever is greater, except the minimum signature requirement
19for the candidate may not exceed 5,000.
20 For purposes of this Section the number of primary electors
21shall be determined by taking the total vote cast, in the
22applicable district, for the candidate for that political party
23who received the highest number of votes, statewide, at the
24last general election in the State at which electors for
25President of the United States were elected. For political
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1determined by taking the total vote cast for the candidate for
2that political party who received the highest number of votes
3in the political subdivision at the last regular election at
4which an officer was regularly scheduled to be elected from
5that subdivision. For wards or districts of political
6subdivisions, the number of primary electors shall be
7determined by taking the total vote cast for the candidate for
8that political party who received the highest number of votes
9in the ward or district at the last regular election at which
10an officer was regularly scheduled to be elected from that ward
11or district.
12 A "qualified primary elector" of a party may not sign
13petitions for or be a candidate in the primary of more than one
14party.
15 The changes made to this Section of this amendatory Act of
16the 93rd General Assembly are declarative of existing law,
17except for item (3) of subsection (d).
18 Petitions of candidates for nomination for offices herein
19specified, to be filed with the same officer, may contain the
20names of 2 or more candidates of the same political party for
21the same or different offices. In the case of the offices of
22Governor and Lieutenant Governor, a joint petition including
23one candidate for each of those offices must be filed.
24 (l) A candidate's petition for nomination under subsection
25(b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (j), or (k) may not contain
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1the office.
2 (m) When reviewing a candidate's petition for nomination
3under this Section, an election authority shall only consider
4signatures beginning on the first page of the petition through
5the signature on the page where the maximum signature
6requirement is met.
7(Source: P.A. 96-1018, eff. 1-1-11; 97-81, eff. 7-5-11.)
8 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
9becoming law.