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Articles on Election Law

Early voting at public universities October 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 504 Election authorities must now conduct early public voting on campuses of public universities in "high traffic" locations in addition to conducting early voting at other locations required by law. 10 ILCS 5/1-12.
Law authorizes 17-year-olds to vote, online voter registration - but wait, there’s more By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 Amendments to Illinois election law also create a board of election commissioners for Lake County, require more petition signatures for a would-be Chicago alderman, and make other changes.
Voting age clarified. PA 098-0051 September 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 The Election Code has been amended to clarify the legal voting age. 10 ILCS 5/3-6.
Changes in election procedures due to religious observances authorized. PA 098-0004 August 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 392 Only for 2013, election authorities are being permitted to close early voting places on Good Sunday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday, provided that these voting places remain open an additional two hours on the days of April 3, 4, and 5 of 2013. (10 ILCS/f/19A-15).
New election law limits party switching. PA 097-0681 July 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 352 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Election Code to prohibit political candidates from switching parties during an election cycle (10 ILCS 5/7-43).
New anti-party switching law applies to independents By Adam W. Lasker June 2012 Lawpulse, Page 286 A new law forbids someone who took a partisan primary ballot from running as an independent in the general election – even those who pulled the ballot in the March primary, before the law was enacted.
No Election Code violation from partisan nominating papers and non-partisan statement of candidacy May 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 228 On March 10, 2011, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, reversed a decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, finding no violation of the Election Code when a candidate files partisan nominating papers and a non-partisan statement of candidacy.
Changes in Illinois Election Code April 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 The State Board of Elections recently amended the Campaign Finance Act to implement the provisions of Public Act 96-0832.
Judicial Selection in Illinois: A Third Way By Gino L. DiVito December 2010 Article, Page 624 Judicial elections? Merit selection? While the decades-old debate continues, a former judge proposes a constitutional amendment that represents a third way.
Party switching and clarification of the election code December 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 616 On October 7, 2010, the Supreme Court of Illinois upheld a decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, finding that Steven J. Rauschenberger was eligible to run as a Republican candidate in the February 2010 general primary election for the office of state senator, despite voting a Democratic ballot in a February 2009 consolidated primary election.
The hard work of running for judge By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2010 Lawpulse, Page 446 It's an exhausting and expensive undertaking, and the odds are often against you.
Amendments ease ID requirements for first-time college voters. PA 096-0317 January 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 College students voting for the first time now can prove their identity simply by producing a student identification card and proof of residence, under new amendments to the Election Code. 
Secretary of State has no duty to sign and affix the state seal to certificate of appointment March 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 122 On January 9, 2009, the Illinois Supreme Court denied an original action for mandamus holding “that section 5(1) of the Secretary of State Act (15 ILCS 305/5(1) (West 2006)) is inapplicable to the Burris appointment, and that no further action is required by any officer of this state to make the appointment valid.”
Illinois ratifies National Popular Vote Act. PA 095-0714 September 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 444 Illinois policymakers ratified and approved the "Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote Act." 
New rules create grievance procedures required by Americans with Disabilities Act November 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 576 The State Board of Elections (Board) has created Part 1800 of Title 4 and has titled it "Americans with Disabilities Act Grievance Procedure."
New election rules for candidates with changed names - PA 094-1090 April 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 The Illinois General Assembly has created new guidelines in the Election Code for candidates for public election who have had their name changed at some point in the past. 
Rules updated regarding electronic transmission of election information December 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 650 Effective September 30, 2006, the Illinois State Board of Elections has added a new section to 26 Ill Adm Code 207. 
Voter Information and Judicial Retention Elections in Illinois By Albert J. Klumpp Ph October 2006 Article, Page 538 Are judicial retention elections impervious to information-based voting? An analysis of voting patterns suggests not.
Reporting requirements for election expenditures updated August 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 404 Effective June 9, 2006, the Illinois State Board of Elections has amended 26 Ill Adm Code 100, regarding "political committees that initially file a Statement of Non-Participation." 
Section of the Illinois Election Code is unconstitutional May 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 On March 6, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, and affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, holding unconstitutional section 7A-1 of the Illinois Election Code (10 ILCS 5/7A-1).
Political committee raffle requirements changed February 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 Effective November 7, 2005, the State Board of Elections has amended Part 210 of Title 26, 26 Ill Adm Code 210, which guides raffles run by political committees.
Illinois Election Law and Procedure: Serious Problems, Straightforward Solutions By Brian K. LaFratta and Jamie Lake March 2002 Article, Page 130 The authors examine problems that arose in Illinois during the 2000 election and recommend solutions.
Ethical Campaign Practices for Illinois Judicial Candidates By Hon. Patrick E. McGann February 2002 Article, Page 76 A review of the ethical limitations on Illinois judicial campaigns.