Elections Omnibus and Redistricting

P.A. 102-0015

Elections Omnibus and Redistricting

Amends the Election Code making several changes including moving the primary date back three months:

• moves the 2022 General Primary to June 28
  (from March 15) – this change was necessary
  because the U.S. Census data is not expected
  to be released until August, thereby delaying
  passage of U.S. Congressional redistricting
  maps;
• includes “vote-by-jail” language that will allow jails (outside of Cook County) to set up polling
  places in their facilities;
• allows election authorities to create permanent vote-by-mail lists that voters may opt into, as
  well as accessible vote-by-mail procedures to enable a voter with a disability to independently
  and privately mark their ballot;
• makes Election Day (Nov. 8, 2022) a state holiday for schools and universities and requires
  closed schools to be available for use as polling places;
• requires high schools to permit voter registration on premises and provide application
  information to students;
• every county “must” have at least one universal voting center for the 2022 Primary and
  General elections.

NOTE: Extends the county deadline for redistricting to Dec. 31, 2021 (from July 1) and allows counties to use reasonable data including the most recent ACS 5-year data (currently, counties are required to use census data).