Illinois elections, 2013
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections.
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U.S. House of Representatives
- The 2nd congressional district of Illinois held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on April 9, 2013. The primary took place on February 26. The election date was initially set for March 19 but Governor Pat Quinn got unanimous approval from state lawmakers for legislation that would allow the election to coincide with the municipal elections on April 9.
- The filing deadline for candidates was January 7, 2013. The election was held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D). Jackson resigned in November 2012 amid health concerns and subsequent fraud and conspiracy charges, has been without a voice in the U.S. House for the better part of the last year. Jackson pled guilty to misuse of campaign funds in January and is expected to be sentenced in June 2013.
- Related: See election results here.
- See also: Illinois' 2nd congressional district special election, 2013.
- See also: Absentee Voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Illinois. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office between 40 and 5 days prior to the election if sent by mail. If applied for in person, it must be received no later than the day before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be postmarked no later than midnight the night before election and received no later than 14 days after the election.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- See also: Early voting
Illinois is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 15 days before an election and ends on the day prior to election day. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
Elections Performance Index
Illinois ranked 36th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2010 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance assigning an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. The indicators were chosen within the framework of determining the convenience and integrity of each of the three administrative phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Illinois received an overall score of 60%.
- ↑ Chicago Sun-Times, " March 19 set for election to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. — for now," November 26, 2012
- ↑ The Hill, "Illinois House votes for April special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr." November 28, 2012
- ↑ Times Leader "Jockeying under way to replace Rep. Jackson Jr.," November 22, 2012
- ↑ New York Times "Democrat Wins Race to Fill Jackson’s Seat" Accessed April 9, 2013
- ↑ Politico "Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress" Accessed November 21, 2012
- ↑ Politico "Robin Kelly captures vacant Illinois House seat" Accessed April 9, 2013
- ↑ Pew Charitable Trusts, Election Performance Index Report