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case may be, by causing a certificate of nomination to be duly filed, make one such nomination for each office therein to be filled at the election, except for offices, candidates for which are required to be nominated at a primary election.
SEC. 109. Nomination of candidates for any office to be filled by the voters of the State at large may also be made by nomination papers signed in the aggregate for such candidate by not less than 1,000 qualified voters of the State. Nominations of candidates for office within any district or political division less than the State, and in all cities having a population in excess of 5,000, may be made by nomination papers signed in the aggregate for each candidate by qualified voters of such district or political division, not less than one for each fifty persons who voted at the next preceding general election in such district or division, but in no case by less than twenty-five. In elections to be held in a town, village, precinct or ward, and in all cities with a population not exceeding 5,000, the signatures of voters thereof equaling 5 per cent of the vote cast therein at the last preceding election shall be sufficient for the nomination of a candiate who is to be voted for only in such town, village, precinct, ward or city. Each voter signing a nomination paper shall add to his signature his place of residence, and each voter may subscribe to one nomination for each office to be filled, and no more. The name of any candidate whose name may appear in any other place upon the ballot, shall not be added by petition for the same office.
SEC. 110. All petitions for nomination of candidates for public office in this State shall, in addition to other requirements provided by law, be as follows: Such petitions shall consist of sheets of uniform size and each sheet shall contain, above the space for signatures, an appropriate heading, giving the information as to name of candidate or candidates, in whose behalf such petition is signed; the office, the party or political principle, place of residence and such other information or wording as required to make same valid, and the heading of each sheet shall be the same. Such petition shall be signed by the qualified voters in their own proper persons only and opposite the signature of each signer his residence address shall be written (and if a resident of a city having a population of over 10,000 by the then last preceding federal census, the street and number of such residence shall be given). No signature shall be valid or be counted in considering the validity or sufficiency of such petition unless the requirements of this section are complied with. At the bottom of each sheet of such petition shall be added a statement, signed by an adult resident of the political division for which the candidate is nominated, stating his residence address (and if a resident of a city having a population of over 10,000 by the then last preceding federal census, also stating the street and number of such residence), certifying that the signatures on that sheet of such petition were signed in his presence and are genuine; and that to the best of his knowledge and belief the persons so signing were at the time of signing such petition qualified voters (and in cities, villages and incorporated towns in which voters are or may be required to be registered, that they were also at the time of signing such petition duly registered voters) of the political division for which the candidate is nominated, and that their respective residences are correctly stated therein. Such statement shall be sworn to before some officer of the county in which the person making such statement resides, authorized to administer oaths therein. Such sheets, before being filed, shall be neatly fastened together in book form, by placing the sheets in a pile and fastening them together at one edge in a secure and suitable manner, and the sheets shall then be numbered consecutively. The sheets shall not be fastened by pasting them together end to end, so as to form a continuous strip or roll. Such petition, when filed, shall not be withdrawn or added to, and no signature shall be revoked except by revocation filed in writing with the clerk with whom the petition is required to be filed, and before the filing of such petition. Whoever, in making the sworn statement above prescribed, shall knowingly, wilfully and corruptly swear falsely, shall be deemed guilty of perjury, and on conviction thereof shall be punished accordingly. Whoever forges any name of a signer upon any petition shall be deemed guilty of forgery, and on conviction thereof, shall be punished accordingly. The word "peti
tion" or "petition for nomination," as used herein, shall mean what is sometimes known as nomination papers, in distinction to what is known as a certificate of nomination. The word "political division for which the candidate is nominated," or its equivalent, shall mean the largest political division in which all qualified voters may vote upon each candidate, as the State in the case of state officers; the town in the case of town officers, et cetera. Any person who has already voted at a primary election held to nominate a candidate or candidates for any office or offices, to be voted upon at any certain election, shall not be qualified to sign a petition for nomination for a candidate or candidates for the same office or offices, to be voted upon at the same certain election.
SEC. 111. Each certificate of nomination and each nomination paper shall specify:
(1) The name of the candidate or candidates nominated.
(2) The place of residence, with the street and number thereof, if any, of each candidate nominated.
(3) The office to which he is nominated.
(4) The party or political principle which he represents, expressed in not more than five words.
(5) In the case of electors of President and Vice-President of the United States, the names of the candidates for president and vice-president may be added to the party or political appellation.
(6) Each certificate of nomination shall, in addition to the above requirements, be signed by the presiding officer and by the secretary of the convention, caucus or meeting, who shall add to their signature their places of residence. Such certificates shall be sworn to by them to be true to the best of their knowledge and belief, and a certificate of the oath shall be added to the certificate of nomination.
SEC. 112. Certificates of nomination and nomination papers for the nomination of candidates for offices to be filled by the electors of the entire State, or any division or district greater than a country, shall be filed with 'the Secretary of State at least forty days previous to the day of election for which the candidates are nominated. All other certificates for the nomination of candidates shall be filed with the county clerk of the respective counties at least thirty-five days previous to the day of such election. Certificates of nomination and nomination papers for the nomination of candidates for offices in cities, villages and incorporated towns, and for town offices in counties under township organization shall be filed with the city, village or incorporated town, or town clerk, at least fifteen days previous to the day of such election. In cities having a population of 500,000 or more certificates of nomination and nomination papers for the nomination of candidates for offices in such cities shall be filed with the city clerk of such cities at least thirty days previous to the day of such election.
(c) Withdrawals, objections and vacancies.
SEC. 113. Any person whose name has been presented as a candidate or who has been nominated by more than one convention, caucus or meeting of qualified voters, may cause his name to be withdrawn from any such nomination by his request in writing, signed by him and duly acknowledged before an officer qualified to take acknowledgement of deeds, and filed with the Secretary of State or with the county clerk, as the case may be, not less than thirty-five days, or with the city clerk or board of election commissioners, if any, in cities having a population of 500,000 or more, not less than twentynine days, or with the city, village or incorporated town clerk in other cities, villages and incorporated towns not less than thirteen days previous to the day of election, and no name so withdrawn shall be printed upon the ballots under the party appellation or title from which the candidate has withdrawn his name. In case the certifcate of nomination or petition or certificate of a primary canvassing board shall contain or exhibit the name of any candidate for any office upon more than one of such certificates or petitions (for the same office, then, and in that case the Secretary of State or proper clerk, as the case may be, shall immediately notify such candidate of such fact, and that his name appears unlawfully upon more than one of such certificates or petitions, and that within three days from the receipt of such notification, such candidate must elect as to which of such
political party appellation or groups he desires his name to appear and remain under upon such ballot, and if such candidate refuses, fails or neglects to comply with the provisions herein, then, and in that case, the Secretary of State of proper clerk, as the case may be, shall not permit the name of such candidate to appear, or be printed or placed upon such ballot under any or either of such political party appellations or groups. All certificates of nomination and nomination papers, when filed, shall be open, under proper regulation, to public inspection, and the Secretary of State and the several clerks having charge of nomination papers shall preserve the same in their respective offices not less than six months.
SEC. 114. Vacancies upon the ticket caused by death, declination of the nomination, or otherwise, may be filled as follows:
(1) In the case of a vacancy where a candidate is nominated at a primary, or at a convention, caucus or meeting, by the managing committee of the respective political party for the territorial area in which such vacancy occurs.
(2) In case of a vacancy where a candidate is named by a nominating petition, by the original petitioners.
The certificate of nomination made to supply such vacancy shall state, in addition to the other facts required, the name of the original nominee, the date of his death or declination or nomination, or the fact that the former nomination has been held insufficient or inoperative, and the meas ure taken for filling a vacancy, and it shall be signed and sworn to by the presiding officer and secretary of the convention, or caucus, or by the chairman and secretary of the duly authorized committee, as the case may be.
SEC. 115. The certificate of nomination or nomination papers having been filed in the office of the Secretary of State, or in the office of the proper clerk, as the case may be, shall be deemed to be valid unless objection thereto is duly made in writing and filed in the office of the Secretary of State, or in the office of the county clerk twenty-five days, or in the office of any other clerk, twelve days before the day of the election. In case objections are filed to certificates of nomination on file in the office of the Secretary of State, such objections shall be heard by the Secretary of State, Auditor and Attorney General, acting as a board. In case objections are filed to certificates of nomination filed in the office of the county clerk, such objections shall be heard by the county judge, the state's attorney and county clerk, acting as a board.
Objections or questions arising in the case of nominations of city, village or incorporated town officers shall be considered by the mayor or president of the board of trustees, and the city village or incorporated town clerk, with whom one alderman or trustee thereof, as the case may be, chosen by lot, shall act, as a board. In cities having a board of election commisioners, such questions shall be considered by such board. Such objections arising in the case of nominations of town officers shall be considered by the board of auditors of such town.
In any case in which objections are filed it shall be the duty of the officer with whom such objections are filed to fix a day upon which such objections will be heard, and to give notice in writing forthwith to the candidate or candidates affected thereby, addressed to his or their place or places of residence as given in the certificate of nomination and stating the time and place when and where such objections will be considered. The decision of a majority of each such board shall be final. If the board shall find that the certificate of nomination is insufficient or inoperative, then the vacancy thus occasioned shall be filled as hereinbefore provided by this Act. SEC. 116. When such certificate is filed with the Secretary of State, he shall, in certifying nominations to the various county clerks, insert the name of the person who has been thus nominated to fill a vacancy in place of the original nominee, and in the event that he has already sent forward his certificate, he shall forthwith certify to the clerks of the proper counties the name and description of the person so nominated to fill a vacancy, the office he is nominated for, with the other details mentioned in certificates of nominations filed with the Secretary of State, and in cases where such clerk is not charged by this Act, with the printing of the ballots, he shall immediately certify the name so supplied to the authorities charged with the
printing of the ballots. The name so supplied for the vacancy shall, if the ballots are not already printed, be placed on the ballots in place of the name of the original nominee, or if the ballots have been printed, new ballots, whenever practicable, shall be furnished.
SEC. 117. Whenever it may not be practicable to have new ballots printed, it shall be the duty of the election officer having charge of the ballots, to place the name supplied for the vacancy upon each ballot issued before delivering it to the voter; the name so supplied may be placed upon the ballots either by affixing a paster or by writing or stamping the name on the ballot; and to enable this to be done the officer with whom the certificates of nomination are to be filed shall immediately furnish the name of such substituted nominee to all judges of election within the territory in which such nominee may be a candidate.
SEC. 118. Not less than thirty-three days before an election to fill any public office, the Secretary of State shall certify to the county clerk of each county within which any of the electors may by law vote for candidates for such office, the name and description of each person nominated for such office, as specified in the certificates of nomination, or by the certificates of the State Primary Canvassing Board, filed with the Secretary of State.
In making his certificate to the several county clerks, where the name of more than one candidate has been nominated by the same political party for any given office, it shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to certify the names of such candidates in the manner following, to wit: The name of the candidate of such party for such office receiving the highest number of votes in the primary election as a candidate for such office, as shown by the official returns on file in his office shall be certified first under the name of such office and the names of the remaining candidates of such party for such office shall follow in the order of the number of votes received by them respectively at the primary election, determined by official returns on file as aforesaid. The names of candidates of any group of petitioners shall be certified to the several county clerks in the order in which such names appear on the petitions on file in his office.
BALLOT BOXES, BOOTHS AND SUPPLIES.
SEC. 119. There shall be for each voting precinct or election district one or more suitable ballot boxes, with secure locks and keys, each of which ballot boxes shall have an opening in the lid not larger than is sufficient to admit a single closed ballot to be inserted therein at one time and through which each ballot voted shall be put into the box. Separate ballot boxes shall be furnished for the reception of ballots cast by women.
SEC. 120. Proper blanks, poll books, tally sheets, return blanks and other necessary supplies, blanks and stationery shall be furnished for each voting precinct and election district and shall be delivered to the judges of election at least twelve hours before any election or primary election is to be held.
SEC. 121. All officers upon whom is imposed by law the duty of designating or providing polling places shall provide in each polling place so designated or provided a sufficient number of booths, which shall be provided with such supplies and conveniences, including shelves, pens, penholders, ink, blotters and pencils, as will enable the voter to prepare his ballot for voting, and in which voters may prepare their ballots screened from all observation as to the manner in which they do so; and the guard-rail shall be so constructed and placed that only such persons as are inside such rail can approach within six feet of the ballot box and of such voting booths. The arrangement shall be such that the voting booths can only be reached by passing within such guard-rail. They shall be within plain view of the election officers; and both they and the ballot boxes shall be within plain view of those outside of the guard-rail. Each of such booths shall have three sides enclosed, one side, in front, to be closed with a curtain. Each side of each booth shall be six feet four inches, and the curtain shall extend within two feet of the floor, which shall be closed while the voter is preparing his ballot. Each booth shall be at least 32 inches square, and shall contain a shelf at least one foot wide, at a convenient height for writing. No person
other than the election officers and the challengers allowed by law, and those admitted for the purpose of voting, as hereinafter provided, shall be permitted within the guard-rail, except by authority of the election officers to keep order and enforce the law. The number of such voting booths shall not be less than one to every 75 voters or fraction thereof who voted at the last preceding election in the voting precinct or election district.
This section shall not apply to the election of trustees of schools, school directors, members of boards of education, and officers of road districts in counties not under township organization.
SEC. 122. The ballot boxes shall be delivered to and kept by the judges of election, and by them kept and delivered over to their successors.
SEC. 123. The expense of providing polling places, voting booths, supplies and stationery therefor, guard-rails, tables, chairs, desks and other furniture for the polling place shall be paid as follows:
(1) By the county, in case of a general or special State and county election, or judicial election, and primaries to nominate candidates to be voted thereat;
(2) By the city, village or incorporated town, in the case of a city, village or incorporated town election and primaries to nominate candidates to be voted thereat;
(3) By the town or road district in the case of town or road district elections held at times other than when a general primary is held.
(4) By the county and town or road district in case town or road district elections and the general primary election are held on the same day, the expense thereof being equally divided between the county and the town or road district.
BALLOTS, STATIONERY AND INSTRUCTIONS.
(a) Ballots for Elections and Primaries-How Furnished.
SEC. 124. In all elections hereafter held in this State for public officers, and at primary elections for the nomination of candidates for public office (except for the election of trustees of schools, school directors, members of boards of education and officers of road districts in counties not under township organization) the voting shall be by ballots printed and distributed at public expense, and no other ballots shall be used.
SEC. 125. The printing and delivery of the ballots, including primary election ballots, and cards of instructions to voters, hereinafter described, shall, in municipal elections in cities, villages and incorporated towns, be paid for by the several cities, villages and incorporated towns respectively, and in towns elections by the town, and in all other elections, including primary elections, the printing of the ballots and cards of instructions for the voters in each county and the delivery of them to the several voting precincts and election districts shall be paid for by the several counties respectively.
SEC. 126. Where, at any election or primary election at which women vote, the ballot furnished to male voters contains the names of candidates for whom, or constitutional amendments or other public measures upon which, women are ineligible to vote, separate ballots shall be provided for women containing the names of candidates for whom, and the public measures upon which, women are eligible to vote.
(b) Ballots for Elections and Primaries—Perforations and Stubs.
SEC. 127. Each ballot shall be printed on the same sheet with a stub and shall be separated therefrom by a horizontal line of perforations extending across the entire width of the ballot. On the face of the stub shall be printed instructions to the voters relative to the purpose and use of the stub. On the back of the stub, immediately above the center of the indorsements on the back of the ballot hereinafter referred to, shall be printed "No....................,” the blank to be filled with the consecutive number of the ballot beginning with "No. 1," and increasing in regular numerical order.
When the ballot or ballots which a voter has received shall be prepared as provided herein, he shall leave the voting booth with his ballot folded so as to conceal the face of the ballot, but show the indorsement and