Secretary of State

Federal, state statutory changes, clarifications

The effects of the rules are to provide additional instructions to voters on how to mark an optical scan ballot, allow the person in charge of the election to determine where the ballot stamp watermark is placed on the ballot, add residence address including city and zip code to the nominating petition for school board candidates, add city and zip code to the municipal candidate nominating petition, add aldermanic as a type of municipal government that can increase or decrease the number of wards on the petition form, add a notation to the general authority section to the administrative rule for approving electronic ballot marking systems, clarify what ballots can be requested on the absentee ballot application and what ballots can be requested to be emailed to military and overseas voters on the absentee ballot application, clarify who a recount petition is filed with, and repeal a notice of cancellation of election that is not required by statute.

New content is added below as the draft rules move through the rule-making process.

Interim Rules Hearing
Important Dates
Public Hearing:
Comment Deadline:
Interim Rules Committee Hearing:
Filed-Secretary of State:
Rule Effective:

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