(10 ILCS 5/5-17)
(from Ch. 46, par. 5-17)
If the county clerk determines, as provided in Section 5-16.1, to have
precinct registration in the county, the board of county commissioners
shall, prior to any general state election held in the month of November of
any even numbered year designate a day or days and shall designate
convenient places in the townships or cities or villages or incorporated
towns for registration of voters. Such day or days shall not be more than
36 nor less than 28 days before such election.
The provisions of Section 5-3 of this Article shall apply to the
selection of places of registration under this Section and the provisions
of Section 5-3 relative to the attendance of police officers during the
conduct of such registration shall also apply.
The officers of registration chosen to conduct registrations under the
provisions of this Section shall be chosen by the county clerk.
In choosing officers of registration, the county clerk shall choose only
persons residing in the township in which the place of registration is
located. He shall choose, in each precinct, 3 officers of registration, at
least one from each of the 2 major political parties. The county clerk may
appoint additional officers of registration in precincts which have had
sudden increases in population.
The officers so chosen shall be voters registered under the provisions
of this Article 5, and shall have the same qualifications and take the same
oath as required of registration officers under Section 5-4 of this Article
5, and shall be subject to the same penalties.
The places of registration designated by the board of county
commissioners under the provisions of this Section shall be open from 8
a.m. to 9 p.m. on such day or days as may be specified by the board of
Registration under this Section shall be made in the same manner as
provided for precinct registration under the provisions of this Article 5,
but the canvass of registration shall be made by 2 registration officers of
different political affiliations, said registration officers to be
designated by the county clerk and the hearing and final revision of the
registry heretofore conducted by the board of revision shall be performed
by the county clerk or his deputy on the Monday and Tuesday following
precinct registration. Said revision under this Section shall take place at
the office of the county clerk between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The registration officers shall make their returns to the county clerk
not later than noon of the day following the last day of the canvass of
registration provided by this Section.
The election authorities shall issue credentials to registration day pollwatchers
in the manner and on the terms prescribed in Section 17-23 with respect
to pollwatchers at elections. Registration day pollwatchers shall be allowed
to see the names and addresses of the people who have registered during
the course of the day.
No person shall, at any precinct registration or reregistration, do any
electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion
within any precinct registration place or within 30 feet thereof. Nothing
in this Act shall be construed to prohibit any candidate from being present
in or near any precinct registration place. All persons who register to
vote at any precinct registration place must be residents of the precinct
in which they register.
(Source: P.A. 81-1535.)