100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2017 and 2018
Introduced , by Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr.
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Election Code. Requires each election authority to report
to the State Board of Elections all census tracts within its jurisdiction
in which more than 10% of the persons who speak the same foreign language
have been identified as having limited English proficiency, as reported in
the American Community Survey. Provides that those reports shall be made in
2018 and then each year ending in a 1 or a 6. Provides that, beginning with
the general election held in 2018, any election authority reporting that
more than 10% of persons residing within a census tract speaking the same
foreign language have been identified as having limited English proficiency
shall make certain election information available in the primary
non-English language of those persons having limited English proficiency.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning elections.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Election Code is amended by adding Section
17-14.1 as follows:
(10 ILCS 5/17-14.1 new)
Foreign language ballots.
(a) As used in this Section:
"Election information" means all information necessary for
the public to participate fully and freely in all elections,
including but not limited to, voter registration forms,
candidate qualifying forms (but not nomination petitions),
candidate information pamphlets, voter information pamphlets,
vote by mail and regular ballots, and information about poll
locations and hours of operation. "Election information" shall
not include the website of an election authority, but if an
election authority is required by this Section to provide
foreign language election information anywhere in its
jurisdiction, the front page of the website shall indicate how
persons speaking the foreign language or languages in the
jurisdiction can access foreign language election information.
The indication required in this subsection shall be in the
language or languages of the population that triggered the