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Full Text of HB0495  100th General Assembly




State of Illinois
2017 and 2018


Introduced , by Rep. Tom Demmer


10 ILCS 5/21-1  from Ch. 46, par. 21-1

    Amends the Election Code. Provides that electors of President and Vice-President of the United States shall be chosen by congressional district. 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
521-1 as follows:
6    (10 ILCS 5/21-1)  (from Ch. 46, par. 21-1)
7    Sec. 21-1. Choosing and election of electors of President
8and Vice-President of the United States shall be in the
9following manner:
10    (a) In each year in which a President and Vice-President of
11the United States are chosen, each political party or group in
12this State shall choose by its State Convention or State
13central committee one elector electors of President and
14Vice-President of the United States from each congressional
15district and such State Convention or State central committee
16of such party or group shall also choose 2 electors at large,
17if any are to be appointed for this State and such State
18Convention or State central committee of such party or group
19shall by its chairman and secretary certify the total list of
20such electors together with electors at large so chosen to the
21State Board of Elections.
22    The filing of such certificate with the Board, of such
23choosing of electors shall be deemed and taken to be the



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1choosing and selection of the electors for the individual
2congressional districts of this State, if such party or group
3is successful at the polls in the individual congressional
4district as herein provided in choosing their candidates for
5President and Vice-President of the United States.
6    (b) The names of the candidates of the several political
7parties or groups for electors of President and Vice-President
8shall not be printed on the official ballot to be voted in the
9election to be held on the day in this Act above named. In lieu
10of the names of the candidates for such electors of President
11and Vice-President, immediately under the appellation of party
12name of a party or group in the column of its candidates on the
13official ballot, to be voted at said election first above named
14in subsection (1) of Section 2A-1.2 and Section 2A-2, there
15shall be printed within a bracket the name of the candidate for
16President and the name of the candidate for Vice-President of
17such party or group with a square to the left of such bracket.
18Each voter in this State from the several lists or sets of
19electors so chosen and selected by the said respective
20political parties or groups, may choose and elect an elector
21one of such lists or sets of electors by placing a cross in the
22square to the left of the bracket aforesaid of one of such
23parties or groups. Placing a cross within the square before the
24bracket enclosing the names of President and Vice-President
25shall not be deemed and taken as a direct vote for such
26candidates for President and Vice-President, or either of them,



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1but shall only be deemed and taken to be a vote for the elector
2entire list or set of electors chosen by that political party
3or group for that congressional district so certified to the
4State Board of Elections as herein provided. Voting by means of
5placing a cross in the appropriate place preceding the
6appellation or title of the particular political party or
7group, shall not be deemed or taken as a direct vote for the
8candidates for President and Vice-President, or either of them,
9but instead to the Presidential vote, as a vote for the elector
10entire list or set of electors chosen by that political party
11or group so certified to the State Board of Elections as herein
13    (c) Such certification by the respective political parties
14or groups in this State of electors of President and
15Vice-President shall be made to the State Board of Elections
16within 2 days after such State convention or meeting of the
17State central committee in which the electors were chosen.
18    (d) Should more than one certificate of choice and
19selection of electors of the same political party or group be
20filed by contesting conventions or contesting groups, it shall
21be the duty of the State Board of Elections within 10 days
22after the adjournment of the last of such conventions to meet
23and determine which set of nominees for electors of such party
24or group was chosen and selected by the authorized convention
25of such party or group. The Board, after notice to the chairman
26and secretaries or managers of the conventions or groups and



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1after a hearing shall determine which elector set of electors
2was so chosen for each congressional district by the authorized
3convention and shall so announce and publish the fact, and such
4decision shall be final and the set of electors so determined
5upon by the electoral board to be so chosen shall be the list
6or set of electors to be deemed elected if that party shall be
7successful at the polls in each congressional district, as
8herein provided.
9    (e) Should a vacancy occur in the choice of an elector in a
10congressional district, such vacancy may be filled by the
11executive committee of the party or group for such
12congressional district, to be certified by such committee to
13the State Board of Elections. Should a vacancy occur in the
14office of elector at large, such vacancy shall be filled by the
15State committee of such political party or group, and certified
16by it to the State Board of Elections.
17    (f) Each congressional district presidential elector shall
18cast his or her ballot for the Presidential and Vice
19Presidential candidate who received the highest number of votes
20in his or her congressional district.
21(Source: P.A. 99-522, eff. 6-30-16.)
22    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
23becoming law.