(10 ILCS 5/11-4.1)
(from Ch. 46, par. 11-4.1)
(a) In appointing polling places under this Article, the
county board or board of election commissioners shall, insofar as they are
convenient and available, use schools and other public buildings as polling
(b) Upon request of the county board or board of election commissioners,
the proper agency of government (including school districts and units of
local government) shall make a public building under its control available
for use as a polling place on an election day and for a reasonably
necessary time before and after election day, without charge.
If the county board or board of election commissioners chooses a school
to be a polling place, then the school district must make the school
available for use as a polling place.
However, for the day of the election, a school district is encouraged to (i) close the school or (ii) hold a teachers institute on that day with students not in attendance.
(c) A government agency which makes a public building under its
control available for use as a polling place shall (i) ensure the portion of
the building to be used as the polling place is accessible to voters with disabilities
and elderly voters and (ii) allow the election authority to administer the election as authorized under this Code.
(d) If a qualified elector's precinct polling place is a school and the elector will be unable to enter that polling place without violating Section 11-9.3 of the Criminal Code of 2012 because the elector is a child sex offender as defined in Section 11-9.3 of the Criminal Code of 2012, that elector may vote by a vote by mail ballot in accordance with Article 19 of this Code or may vote early in accordance with Article 19A of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-773, eff. 7-18-14; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)