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Full Text of HB4557  100th General Assembly




State of Illinois
2017 and 2018


Introduced , by Rep. Margo McDermed


10 ILCS 5/11-4.1  from Ch. 46, par. 11-4.1

    Amends the Election Code. Requires (rather than encourages) a school district to close a school or hold a teachers institute day if the school is chosen as a polling place by the county board or board of election commissioners. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning elections.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Election Code is amended by changing Section
511-4.1 as follows:
6    (10 ILCS 5/11-4.1)  (from Ch. 46, par. 11-4.1)
7    Sec. 11-4.1. (a) In appointing polling places under this
8Article, the county board or board of election commissioners
9shall, insofar as they are convenient and available, use
10schools and other public buildings as polling places.
11    (b) Upon request of the county board or board of election
12commissioners, the proper agency of government (including
13school districts and units of local government) shall make a
14public building under its control available for use as a
15polling place on an election day and for a reasonably necessary
16time before and after election day, without charge. If the
17county board or board of election commissioners chooses a
18school to be a polling place, then the school district must
19make the school available for use as a polling place. However,
20for the day of the election, a school district shall is
21encouraged to (i) close the school or (ii) hold a teachers
22institute on that day with students not in attendance.
23    (c) A government agency which makes a public building under



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1its control available for use as a polling place shall (i)
2ensure the portion of the building to be used as the polling
3place is accessible to voters with disabilities and elderly
4voters and (ii) allow the election authority to administer the
5election as authorized under this Code.
6    (d) If a qualified elector's precinct polling place is a
7school and the elector will be unable to enter that polling
8place without violating Section 11-9.3 of the Criminal Code of
92012 because the elector is a child sex offender as defined in
10Section 11-9.3 of the Criminal Code of 2012, that elector may
11vote by a vote by mail ballot in accordance with Article 19 of
12this Code or may vote early in accordance with Article 19A of
13this Code.
14(Source: P.A. 98-773, eff. 7-18-14; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15;
1599-143, eff. 7-27-15.)
16    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
17becoming law.