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Full Text of HB1902  102nd General Assembly

HB1902 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  

 


 
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
HB1902

 

Introduced 2/17/2021, by Rep. Deanne M. Mazzochi

 

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
 
10 ILCS 5/4-22  from Ch. 46, par. 4-22

    Amends the Election Code. Provides that if judges in charge of precinct registration files find that the signature on the certificate of registered voter and the signature on the registration card do not match for the applicant to vote, the applicant shall provide the judges with a valid State issued drivers license, State issued identification card, or passport (rather than requiring judges to ask an applicant the questions for identification that appear on the registration card if they are unsatisfied that the is the identical person who is registered under the same name; and if the applicant does not prove to the satisfaction of a majority of the judges that he is the identical person registered under the name in question, then the vote of the applicant shall be challenged by a judge and the same procedure followed as provided by law for challenged voters.). Provides that the judges shall find that the signature on the certificate and the signature on the registration card do not match in situations that include, but are not limited to, if one signature is in cursive writing and the other is in printed writing.


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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
5Section 4-22 as follows:
 
6    (10 ILCS 5/4-22)  (from Ch. 46, par. 4-22)
7    Sec. 4-22. Except as otherwise provided in this Section
8upon application to vote each registered elector shall sign
9his name or make his mark as the case may be, on a certificate
10substantially as follows:
11
CERTIFICATE OF REGISTERED VOTER
12
City of ....... Ward ....... Precinct .......
13
Election ....... (Date) ....... (Month) ....... (Year)
14
Registration Record .......
15
Checked by .......
16
Voter's number ....
17
INSTRUCTION TO VOTERS
18    Sign this certificate and hand it to the election officer
19in charge. After the registration record has been checked, the
20officer will hand it back to you. Whereupon you shall present
21it to the officer in charge of the ballots.
22    I hereby certify that I am registered from the address
23below and am qualified to vote.

 

 

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1
Signature of voter .......
2
residence address .......
3    An individual shall not be required to provide his social
4security number when applying for a ballot. He shall not be
5denied a ballot, nor shall his ballot be challenged, solely
6because of his refusal to provide his social security number.
7Nothing in this Act prevents an individual from being
8requested to provide his social security number when the
9individual applies for a ballot. If, however, the certificate
10contains a space for the individual's social security number,
11the following notice shall appear on the certificate,
12immediately above such space, in bold-face capital letters, in
13type the size of which equals the largest type on the
14certificate:
15    "THE INDIVIDUAL APPLYING FOR A BALLOT WITH THIS DOCUMENT
16IS NOT REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE HIS OR HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.
17HE OR SHE MAY NOT BE DENIED A BALLOT, NOR SHALL HIS OR HER
18BALLOT BE CHALLENGED, SOLELY BECAUSE OF HIS OR HER REFUSAL TO
19PROVIDE HIS OR HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER."
20    The certificates of each State-wide political party at a
21general primary election shall be separately printed upon
22paper of uniform quality, texture and size, but the
23certificates of no 2 State-wide political parties shall be of
24the same color or tint. However, if the election authority
25provides computer generated applications with the precinct,
26ballot style and voter's name and address preprinted on the

 

 

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1application, a single application may be used for State-wide
2political parties if it contains spaces or check-off boxes to
3indicate the political party. Such application shall not
4entitle the voter to vote in the primary of more than one
5political party at the same election.
6    At the consolidated primary, such certificates may contain
7spaces or checkoff boxes permitting the voter to request a
8primary ballot of any other political party which is
9established only within a political subdivision and for which
10a primary is conducted on the same election day. Such
11application shall not entitle the voter to vote in both the
12primary of the State-wide political party and the primary of
13the local political party with respect to the offices of the
14same political subdivision. In no event may a voter vote in
15more than one State-wide primary on the same day.
16    The judges in charge of the precinct registration files
17shall compare the signature upon such certificate with the
18signature on the registration record card as a means of
19identifying the voter. If judges find that the signature on
20the certificate and the signature on the registration card do
21not match, the elector shall provide the judges with a valid
22State issued drivers license, State issued identification
23card, or passport. The judges shall find that the signature on
24the certificate and the signature on the registration card do
25no match in situations that include, but are not limited to, if
26one signature is in cursive writing and the other is in printed

 

 

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1writing. Unless satisfied by such comparison that the
2applicant to vote is the identical person who is registered
3under the same name, the judges shall ask such applicant the
4questions for identification which appear on the registration
5card, and if the applicant does not prove to the satisfaction
6of a majority of the judges of the election precinct that he is
7the identical person registered under the name in question
8then the vote of such applicant shall be challenged by a judge
9of election, and the same procedure followed as provided by
10law for challenged voters.
11    In case the elector is unable to sign his name, a judge of
12election shall check the data on the registration card and
13shall check the address given, with the registered address, in
14order to determine whether he is entitled to vote.
15    One of the judges of election shall check the certificate
16of each applicant for a ballot after the registration record
17has been examined, and shall sign his initials on the
18certificate in the space provided therefor, and shall enter
19upon such certificate the number of the voter in the place
20provided therefor, and make an entry in the voting record
21space on the registration record, to indicate whether or not
22the applicant voted. Such judge shall then hand such
23certificate back to the applicant in case he is permitted to
24vote, and such applicant shall hand it to the judge of election
25in charge of the ballots. The certificates of the voters shall
26be filed in the order in which they are received and shall

 

 

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1constitute an official poll record. The term "poll lists" and
2"poll books", where used in this Article, shall be construed
3to apply to such official poll record.
4    After each general primary election the county clerk shall
5indicate by color code or other means next to the name of each
6registrant on the list of registered voters in each precinct
7the primary ballot of a political party that the registrant
8requested at that general primary election. The county clerk,
9within 60 days after the general primary election, shall
10provide a copy of this coded list to the chair of the county
11central committee of each established political party or to
12the chair's duly authorized representative.
13    Within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory
14Act of 1983, the county clerk shall provide to the chair of the
15county central committee of each established political party
16or to the chair's duly authorized representative the list of
17registered voters in each precinct at the time of the general
18primary election of 1982 and shall indicate on such list by
19color code or other means next to the name of a registrant the
20primary ballot of a political party that the registrant
21requested at the general primary election of 1982.
22    The county clerk may charge a fee to reimburse the actual
23cost of duplicating each copy of a list provided under either
24of the 2 preceding paragraphs.
25    Where an elector makes application to vote by signing and
26presenting the certificate provided by this Section, and his

 

 

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1registration record card is not found in the precinct registry
2of voters, but his name appears as that of a registered voter
3in such precinct upon the printed precinct register as
4corrected or revised by the supplemental list, or upon the
5consolidated list, if any, and whose name has not been erased
6or withdrawn from such register, the printed precinct register
7as corrected or revised by the supplemental list, or
8consolidated list, if any, shall be prima facie evidence of
9the elector's right to vote upon compliance with the
10provisions hereinafter set forth in this Section. In such
11event one of the judges of election shall require an affidavit
12by such person and one voter residing in the precinct before
13the judges of election, substantially in the form prescribed
14in Section 17-10 of this Act, and upon the presentation of such
15affidavits, a certificate shall be issued to such elector, and
16upon the presentation of such certificate and affidavits, he
17shall be entitled to vote.
18    Provided, however, that applications for ballots made by
19registered voters under the provisions of Article 19 of this
20Act shall be accepted by the Judges of Election in lieu of the
21"Certificate of Registered Voter" provided for in this
22Section.
23    When the county clerk delivers to the judges of election
24for use at the polls a supplemental or consolidated list of the
25printed precinct register, he shall give a copy of the
26supplemental or consolidated list to the chair of a county

 

 

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1central committee of an established political party or to the
2chair's duly authorized representative.
3    Whenever 2 or more elections occur simultaneously, the
4election authority charged with the duty of providing
5application certificates may prescribe the form thereof so
6that a voter is required to execute only one, indicating in
7which of the elections he desires to vote.
8    After the signature has been verified, the judges shall
9determine in which political subdivisions the voter resides by
10use of the information contained on the voter registration
11cards or the separate registration lists or other means
12approved by the State Board of Elections and prepared and
13supplied by the election authority. The voter's certificate
14shall be so marked by the judges as to show the respective
15ballots which the voter is given.
16(Source: P.A. 100-1027, eff. 1-1-19.)