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(730 ILCS 200/25)
Voter and civic education program; content.
(a) Program content shall provide the following:
(1) nonpartisan information on voting history
(2) nonpartisan definitions of local, State, and
federal governmental institutions and offices; and
(3) examples and simulations of registration and
voting processes, and access to voter registration and voting processes for those individuals who are eligible to vote.
(b) Established nonpartisan civic organizations shall provide periodic updates to program content and, if applicable, peer educators and co-facilitators. Updates shall reflect major relevant changes to election laws and processes in Illinois.
(c) Program content shall be delivered in the following manners:
(1) verbally via peer educators and co-facilitators;
(2) broadcasts via Department of Corrections and
Department of Juvenile Justice internal television channels; or
(3) printed information packets.
(d) Peer educators and co-facilitators shall disseminate printed information for voting in the releasee's county, including, but not limited to, election authorities' addresses, all applicable Internet websites, and public contact information for all election authorities. This information shall be compiled into a civics handbook. The handbook shall also include key information condensed into a pocket information card.
(e) This information shall also be compiled electronically and posted on Department of Corrections' and Department of Juvenile Justice's website along with the Department of Corrections' Community Support Advisory Councils websites.
(f) Department Directors shall ensure that the wardens or superintendents of all correctional institutions and facilities visibly post this information on all common areas of their respective institutions, and shall broadcast the same via in-house institutional information television channels. Directors shall ensure that updated information is distributed in a timely, visible, and accessible manner.
(g) The Director of Corrections shall order, in a clearly visible area of each parole office within this State, the posting of a notice stipulating voter eligibility and that contains the current Internet website address and voter registration information provided by State Board of Elections regarding voting rights for citizens released from the physical custody of the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
(h) All program content and materials shall be distributed annually to the Community Support Advisory Councils of the Department of Corrections for use in re-entry programs across this State.
(Source: P.A. 101-441, eff. 1-1-20; 102-374, eff. 1-1-22