The work of Deputy Registrars is a
vital contribution to American democracy. Registering voters encourages voter
participation and enhances our electoral process.
Who May Register
- Election Authorities - County Clerks or Board of
- Deputy Registrars - As appointed
Who May Be A Deputy Registrar?
following are automatically appointed as Deputy Registrars by the Election
- Municipal Clerks
- Township/Road District
- Precinct Committeepersons
The following may be appointed
only upon written request:
- Bona fide state civic organization
- Civic Organizations which seek to engage in voter
registration must file an application with the State Board of Elections (SBE)
for certification as a bona fide civic organization. Applications for
certification must be filed with the SBE by the 90th day prior to each
- Bona fide state labor organization members
organizations must submit a copy of by-laws to the Election Commission to be
certified as a bona fide labor organization
- Chief Librarian
or designated employees
- High School/Elementary School principal or designated employees
- University/College president or designated employees
- Public Aid Director or
- Secretary of State's Driver's License Facility employees
- Employment Security Director or designated employees
President or designated employees
When and Where May Registrars Take Voter
All Deputy Registrars may accept the voter registration of
any qualified Illinois resident at any time except during the close of
registration which begins 27 days before each election. Registration re-opens
two days after each election.
Deputy Registrars from civic organizations, labor
organizations, corporations, and all Precinct Committeepersons may accept the
registration of any qualified Illinois resident anywhere within Illinois.
All other Deputy Registrars may accept the registration of any qualified
Illinois resident but only at their assigned location.
About Deputy Registrars
- Must not engage in any type of political activity while registering voters.
- May be removed
- Voter registration cannot take place where any alcoholic beverages are being served.
- Must be trained, take an oath, and be
appointed as provided by state law.
- Are appointed for 2-year terms
beginning the first business day in December following each General Election.
They may be reappointed only upon written request.
- Must be registered to vote in the jurisdiction in which
they are appointed.
- Precinct Committeepersons are appointed as Deputy Registrars on the
date of the county convention following the General Primary Election at which they were elected. Precinct Committeepersons that are appointed by their Party are also eligible to be Registrars.
- Must complete registration forms neatly and must follow the specific
directions of the Election Authority.
- Must return completed
registration materials within 72 hours of completion.
- If new
registrations or cancellations are taken between the 35th and 29th day before
the election, completed materials must be returned to the Election Authority
within 48 hours.
- If registrations or cancellations are taken on the last
day for registration, all the registration material must be returned to the
Election Authority within 24 hours.
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