(10 ILCS 5/19-2.6)
Vote by mail; voters with a print disability.
(a) Definitions. As used in this Section, unless the context otherwise requires:
"Assistive technology" means any equipment, software, or product used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities, including, but not limited to, screen reading and magnification software, refreshable Braille displays, and speech recognition programs.
"Certified remote accessible vote by mail system" means a process approved by the State Board of Elections through which an election authority provides for the electronic transmission of a vote by mail ballot to a voter with a print disability and through which the voter with a print disability marks and verifies the voter's ballot using assistive technology.
"Electronic transmission" means the transfer of data or information through an authorized electronic data interchange system.
"Voter with a print disability" means a person having a temporary or permanent physical or mental impairment, such as blindness, low vision, physical dexterity limitations, or learning or cognitive disabilities, that prevents the person from effective reading, writing, or use of printed material.
(b) The State Board of Elections shall provide a certified remote accessible vote by mail system for the General Election of November 8, 2022 and all subsequent elections, through which a vote by mail ballot can be delivered by electronic transmission to voters with print disabilities and through which voters with print disabilities are able to mark and verify their ballots using assistive technology.
(c) Election authorities shall permit voters with a print disability to receive and mark their vote by mail ballots (i) through the certified remote accessible vote by mail system provided by the State Board of Elections pursuant to subsection (b) of this Section or (ii) through a certified remote accessible vote by mail system provided by the election authority.
(d) If a vote by mail ballot application from a voter with a print disability arrives after the jurisdiction begins transmitting vote by mail ballots and instructions to voters, the election authority shall electronically transmit the ballot, instructions, and balloting materials to the voter within two business days after receipt of the application.
(e) Ballots received and marked pursuant to this Section must be printed by the voter and returned to the election authority as provided in Section 19-6.
(f) The State Board of Elections shall adopt rules, including emergency rules, necessary for the implementation of this Section. The State Board of Elections' adopted rules shall include certification standards for a remote accessible vote by mail system and a method subject to the provisions in Sections 19-2 and 19-3 of this Article by which a voter with a print disability may request to use a certified remote accessible vote by mail system and apply for an accessible vote by mail ballot.
(Source: P.A. 102-819, eff. 5-13-22.)