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may also participate and vote in all annual and special town meetings in the township in which such election district shall be. They may also vote at primary elections for the nomination of such officers.
SEC. 146. A permanent abode is necessary to constitute a residence within the meaning of the two preceding sections.
SEC. 147. No pauper or inmate of any county poor house, insane asylum, or hospital in this State, shall by virtue of his abode at such county poor house, insane asylum or hospital be deemed a resident or legal voter in the town, city, village or election district or precinct in which such poor house, insane asylum or hospital may be situated; but every such person shall be deemed a resident of the town, city, village or election district or precinct in which he resided next prior to becoming an inmate of such county poor house, insane asylum or hospital.
SEC. 148. Every honorably discharged soldier or sailor who shall have be an inmate of any Soldiers' and Sailor's Home and every inmate of a Soldiers' Widows' Home within the State of Illinois for 90 days or longer, and who shall have been a citizen of the United States and resided in this State one year, in the county where any such home is located 90 days, and in the election district 30 days next preceding any election, shall be entitled to vote in the election district in which any such Soldiers' and Sailor's Home or any such Soldiers' Widows' Home in which he or she is an inmate thereof as aforesaid is located, for all officers that now are or hereafter may be elected or nominated by the people, and upon all questions that may be submitted to the vote of the people, and which such inmates, or any of them, are qualified under the laws to vote for.
SEC. 149. No person who has been legally convicted of any crime, the punishment of which is confinement in the penitentiary or who shall be disfranchised by the judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction, shall be permitted to vote at any election unless he shall be restored to the right to vote by pardon; or by the expiration of the term of his disfranchisement. SEC. 150. Any person entitled to vote at a general or special election or at a primary, or at any election at which propositions are submitted to a popular vote in this State shall, on the day of such election, be entitled to absent himself from any services or employment in which he is then engaged or employed for a period of two hours between the time of opening and closing the polls; and such voter shall not, because of so absenting himself, be liable to any penalty; nor shall any deduction be made on account of such absence from his usual salary or wages. Application for such leave of absence shall be made prior to the day of election. The employer may specify the hours during which such employee may absent himself as aforesaid.
SEC. 151. The following regulations shall be applicable to primaries:
(1) Unless he declares his party affiliation as required by this Act;
(2) Who shall have signed the petition for nomination of a candidate of any party with which he does not affiliate, when such candidate is to be voted for at the primary;
(3) Who shall have signed the nominating papers of an independent candidate for any office for which office candidates for nomination are to be voted for at such primary; or
(4) If he shall have voted at a primary of another political party within a period of two years next preceding such primary. Participation by a primary elector in a primary of a political party which is a political party within a city only and entitled hereunder to make nominations of candidates for city offices only and for no other office or offices, shall not disqualify such primary elector from participating in other primaries of his party. No qualified voter shall be precluded from participating in the primary of any purely city, village or town political party by reason of such voter having voted within two years at the primary of another political party.
In cities having a board of election commissioners, the following additional regulations shall be applicable: In such cities only voters, registered as herein provided, shall be entitled to vote at such primary. The registration books prepared for and used at the election then next preceding shall be used for the primary, and any person therein registered shall be entitled
to vote at the primary unless he shall have removed from the election precinct or become otherwise disqualified. In any such city having a population of less than 200,000 any person whose name does not appear on the registry books who is, or shall, at or before the primary, become a primary elector of the precinct in which he desires to vote, shall be entitled to vote at such primary by filing, or causing to be filed, with the board of election commissioners, twenty days prior to a primary, an affidavit, or affirmation, specifying the facts, showing that on the date of such primary he will be a legally qualified primary electors in the precinct in which he desires to vote.
Such affidavit or affirmation, for registration, shall state the name of the applicant, the place and date of his nativity, the term of his residence at his then present address, in the precinct, county, State and United States, the fact of his naturalization if the applicant is a naturalized citizen, specifying the court, if known, or, if not known, the city in which the court was held where such citizen was naturalized, and the residence, when last registered, if the applicant was previously registered. It shall be the duty of the board of election commissioners to prepare proper forms of such affidavit, or affirmation.
Upon the filing of such affidavit, or affirmation, the board of election commissioners shall place the name of such primary electors, in the original registration books for the proper precinct, specifying the precinct from which he is transferred, if previously registered in another precinct, and shall also make a minute opposite his name in the original registration books of the precinct from which he has removed, showing the precinct to which his name is transferred, or, as the case may be, shall add the name of such primary elector in the original registration books for the proper precinct and the reason of the registration thereof.
At least five days prior to the date of the primary, the board of election commissioners shall cause to be posted at each polling place in each precinct, in a book substantially in the form now used for "verification lists" under the general election laws of this State, the name and address of each primary elector who has been registered for the primary by having filed an affidavit, or affirmation, as above set forth.
In any such city having a population of 200,000 or more, the said registration books shall be revised three weeks preceding such primary under the direction of such board of election commissioners in the same manner as is now provided by law for intermediate registration in cities having boards of election commissioners.
Any primary elector of a precinct may, on the eleventh and twelfth days immediately preceding the primary, file with the board of election commissioners an application, signed and sworn to by him, requesting the name of a person registered on the registration books as herein provided, shall be erased therefrom, for the reason that such person so registered is not, or will not on or before the day of the primary, be a legal primary elector of the precinct, which application shall be in substance, in the words and figures following:
'I, informed and believe that.
precinct of the.
do hereby solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am .is not a qualified voter in the.. ward of the city (village or town) of...
and that said. .will not be a qualified voter of such precinct and ward on the... .day of.... .A. D.........and hence ask that his name be erased from the registers of such percinct."
Notice of such application with a demand to appear and show cause why such name should not be erased, shall thereupon be given to such person by the board of election commissioners. Such notice shall be served upon such person personally, or left at the place of residence named in such registration books, and a copy thereof shall be sent by mail, postage prepaid, at least two days before the day fixed to show cause, addressed to the person whose right to vote is challenged, at the address given in such registration books. In case personal service cannot be had, the return of the board of election commissioners shall so state and the reason therefor.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next preceding the primary, the board of election commissioners shall sit to hear such application by wards and precincts in their numerical order. At the request of either party, sub
poenas shall be issued, and witnesses may be sworn and heard upon such hearing. Each person appearing in response to an application to erase a name shall subscribe and swear to and answer in the presence of a member of the board of election commissioners, substantially in the following form: do solemnly swear that I am a citizen of the United States; that I have resided in the State of Illinois since the.... of..
; and in the county [of]..
ward, in the city of. .day of..
; and that I am.
precinct of the. State, since the. years of age; that I am the identical person registered in said precinct for the primary under the name I subscribe hereto."
Such answer shall be filed with the board of election commissioners.
and in the..
...day said State
said county and
The decision on each application shall be announced at once after hearing, and where such application is allowed, such name shall be erased forthwith.
The county Court of the county in which such city is situated shall on Friday and Saturday of the week prior to the week in which such primary is to be held, especially sit to hear such application as may be made to it by persons whose names have been stricken from the registry list as above provided. Such application shall be sworn to and shall State that the board of election commissioners had stricken such name from the registry list. Such application shall be heard summarily and evidence may be introduced for or against such application. Each case shall be decided at once on hearing, and the clerk of the court shall make a minute of the disposition of each application. A copy of such minute shall at once be given to such board of election commissioners, and, when such minute indicates that the name of the applicant shall be restored to the registry, the board of election commissioners shall forthwith cause such name to be placed upon the appropriate register, and indicate that it was entered by order of court.
In case such County Court shall refuse such application, an order shall be entered accordingly on the Monday following the session of court held for the purpose aforesaid, and any person desiring to appeal from the said order may appeal to the Supreme Court of the State, if application be made therefor within five days after the entry of said order, and such appeal shall be allowed on the giving of an appeal bond in the penalty of $250.00, conditioned to pay the expenses of such appeal. The time for filing such appeal bond and cerificate of evidence shall be fixed by the court, and upon presentation to the court of a certificate containing the evidence heard at such hearing, within the time fixed by the court, the court shall sign the same, and thereupon the same shall become part of the record in said cause.
The original registration books, revised as herein provided, shall constitute the primary registration.
In case, however, the Act in relation to a board of election commissioners shall, at any time, be amended to provide for a registration for primary elections, then so much of this subdivision of this section as applies to the manner of registration for primary elections shall not be applicable but the provisions of the Act relating to the board of election commissioners shall be applicable.
REGISTRATION IN PLACES OTHER THAN IN CITIES HAVING A BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS.
SEC. 152. The judges of election in any voting precinct or election district shall be ex officio the board of registry in the voting precinct or election district for which they were appointed.
SEC. 153. The board of registry shall meet at the respective voting places on Tuesday three weeks preceding any general election at nine o'clock a. m., and proceed to make a list of all persons qualified and entitled to vote at the ensuing election in the voting precinct or election district of which they are the judges, which list, when completed, shall constitute and be known as the "register" of electors of such voting precinct or election district.
SEC. 154. Such registers shall each contain a list of the persons so qualified and entitled to vote in such voting precinct or election district, alphabetically arranged according to their respective surnames, so as to show, in one column, the name at full length, and in another column in cities, the residence by the number of the dwelling, if there be a number, and the name of the street or other location of the dwelling place of each person. It shall be the duty of such board to enter in such list the names of all persons residing in their voting precinct or election district, whose names appear on the poll list kept in such district at the last preceding election-in cities the number of the dwelling and the name of the street or other location, if the same shall be known to or can be ascertained by such board-and for this purpose such board is authorized to take from the office in which they are filed the poll list made and filed by the judges of such voting precinct or election district, at the election held next prior to the making of such register. In making such list, the board shall enter thereon in addition to the names on the poll lists, the names of all other persons who are well known to them to be electors in such voting precinct or election district; and the names of all persons on the poll lists who have died or removed from the voting precinct or election district shall be omitted from the register. The board shall complete, as far as practicable, the register on the day of its meeting aforesaid, and shall make two copies thereof, and certify the register and each of the copies to be a true list of the voters in such voting precinct or election district, so far as the same are known. Within two days thereafter, the original list, together with the list taken from the office, as aforesaid, shall be filed by such board in the office of the town clerk of the town in which such voting precinct or election district may be, but in counties not adopting township organization, such lists shall be filed with the judges of election in the proper voting precinct or election district, or, if such voting precinct or election district is in a city, village or incorporated town, then it shall be filed in the office of the city, village or incorporated town clerk. And one copy of such list shall be kept by one of such judges, and carefully preserved by him for use on the day or days hereinafter mentioned, for the revision and correction of the same. One copy of such list shall, iimmediately after its completion, be posted in some conspicuous place where the last preceding election in such voting precinct or election district was held, and be accessible to any elector who may desire to examine the same or make copies thereof.
SEC. 155. In case a new voting precinct or election district shall be formed by the organization of a new town, or by the division of any town, the judges of election in the new voting precinct or election district thus formed may make their registry of electors on the day prescribed by this Act, in such a manner as a majority of them may direct, and for that purpose may make a list, or cause to be made a certified copy of the poll list or lists of the voting precinct or election district in which such new voting precinct or election district is situated, or they may dispense with such list or lists and proceed to make a register of electors from the best means at their command. Such lists shall only embrace the names of such persons as are known to them to be electors in their voting precinct or election district, and shall be posted up and copies thereof made, as prescribed in the preceding section, and shall be corrected in the same manner that other lists are corrected.
SEC. 156. The board shall again meet on Tuesday of the week preceding the general election in their respective voting precincts or election districts, at the place designated for holding the polls of the election, for the purpose of revising, correcting and completing such list; and for this purpose, in cities they shall meet at 8:00 o'clock in the morning and remain in session until 9:00 o'clock p. m., and in other voting precincts or election districts they shall meet at 9:00 o'clock in the morning and remain in session until 4:00 o'clock p. m.
SEC. 157. The proceedings of the board shall be open, and all persons residing and entitled to vote in such voting precinct or election district shall be entitled to be heard by such board in relation to corrections or additions to such register. One of the lists so kept by the judges as aforesaid, shall be used by them on the day or days of making corrections or
additions, for the purpose of completing the registry for such voting precinct or election district.
SEC. 158. It shall be the duty of such board, at their meeting for revising and correcting such lists, to erase therefrom the name of any person inserted therein who shall be proved by the oath of two legal voters of such voting precinct or election district, to the satisfaction of such board, to be non-resident of such voting precinct or election district, or otherwise not entitled to vote in such voting precinct or election district at the election then next to be held. Any elector residing in such voting precinct or election district, and entitled to vote therein, may appear before such board and require his name to be recorded on the alphabetical list. Any person so requiring his name to be so entered on such list shall make the same statement as to the street and number thereof, and where he resides, required by the provisions of this Act of persons offering their votes at elections, and shall be subject to the same penalties for refusing to give such information or for falsely giving the same, and shall also be subject to challenge, either by the judges, or by any other elector whose name appears on such alphabetical list; and the same oaths may be administered by the judges as provided in case of persons offering to vote at an election; and in case no challenge is made of any person requiring his name to be entered on such alphabetical list, or in case of challenge, if such person shall make oath that would entitle him to vote in case of challenge at an election, then the name of any such person shall be added to the alphabetical poll list of the last preceding year.
SEC. 159. After such lists shall have been fully completed, the board shall, within three days thereafter, cause two copies of the same to be made, each of which shall be certified by them to be a correct list of the voters of their voting precinct or election district, one of which shall be filed in the office of the town clerk of towns and one of which copies shall be delivered to the judges. It shall be the duty of the judges so receiving such list, carefully to preserve the list for their use on election day, and to designate two of their number, at the opening of the polls, to check the name of every voter voting in such voting precinct or election district whose name is on the register. No vote shall be received at any general election in this State if the name of the person offering to vote be not on the register made on the Tuesday preceding the election, unless the person offering to vote shall furnish to the judges of the election his affidavit, in writing, stating therein that he is an inhabitant of such voting precinct or election district and entitled to vote therein at such election, and prove by the oath of a householder and registered voter of the voting precinct or election district in which he offers to vote that he knows such person to be an inhabitant of the voting precinct or election district, and, if in any city, giving the residence of such person within such voting precinct or election district. Such oath shall be preserved and filed in the office of the town clerk, or in case there be no clerk, then such oath shall be filed with and preserved by the judges of the proper district or precinct. Any person may be challenged, and the same oaths shall be put as now are or hereafter may be prescribed by law.
SEC. 160. After the canvass of the votes, one of the poll lists and the register so kept and checked, as aforesaid, shall be attached together and shall be, on the following day, filed in the town clerk's office in which such voting precinct or election district may be, or in case there be no such clerk, then such poll list and register shall be filed with and preserved by the judges, to be used by the board of registry in making the list of voters at the next general election; the other of such poll lists and registers, so kept and checked, shall be returned to the office of the county clerk of the county in which such voting precinct or election district may be, at the same time the returns of the election are made.
SEC. 161. Such registers shall at all times be open to public inspection, at the office of the authorities in which they shall be deposited, without charge.
SEC. 162. The board shall have and exercise the same power in preserv ing order at their meetings, as are given to judges of elections for preserving order on election days; and vacancies in such board shall be filled in the same manner that vacancies are now filled at elections.