Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Election Code. Authorizes use of the Special Write-in Absentee Voter's Blank Ballot with respect to any election at which federal officers are nominated or elected (now, only at a general election at which federal officers are elected). With respect to absentee voting by military, overseas, and non-resident voters, (i) provides that military dependents need not have lived in Illinois, (ii) permits all categories of voters to apply for ballots by facsimile or electronic transmission (now, only military voters), (iii) requires election authorities to deliver ballots in person, by mail, or by facsimile or electronic transmission as requested by the voter if the election authority has the capability (now, delivered in person or by mail), (iv) defines "electronic transmission" to include electronic mail and the Internet, and (v) authorizes the Governor or the executive director of the State Board of Elections to modify registration and voting procedures during a military deployment or an emergency declared by the Governor or the U.S. President.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Removes the provision that nothing in the Code shall be construed to require that the voting age dependent of a member of the Armed Forces or the Merchant Marine must have ever resided in Illinois.