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Articles on Election Law

Lottery system introduced for ballot ordering of last-minute candidate petitions

May
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Board passed amendments to allow certification of last-minute candidate petitions for ballot placement. 26 Ill. Adm. Code 201 (eff. Jan. 25, 2016).

Election authority websites to post uncounted ballot information

May
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Election Code has been amended to require election authority websites to post information regarding uncounted ballots.

Nominations for special elections of attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, or treasurer

April
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
If a special election is required for the office of the Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, or Treasurer, the following procedures for making nominations and filling the vacancy must be followed.

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

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.

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