Illinois elections, 2013

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1 2013 elections
1.1 Special elections
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Illinois
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References


Illinois election information for 2013 is listed below.

On the 2013 ballot
No regularly scheduled elections in Illinois.
Exceptions include special elections.
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2013 elections

Special elections

There are several special elections scheduled for the state of Illinois in 2013.

Elections by type


U.S. House of Representatives

See also: Illinois' 2nd Congressional District special election, 2013.

The 2nd congressional district of Illinois held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on April 9, 2013, which Robin Kelly won. The primary took place on February 26, 2013. 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.[1][2]

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).[3] 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.[4][5] Jackson pled guilty to misuse of campaign funds in January and is expected to be sentenced in June 2013.[6]

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See also: Local ballot measure elections in 2013
See also: Local ballot measures, Illinois

For more information local ballot measures in Illinois, click here.

Voting in Illinois

See also: Voting in Illinois
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Important voting information

  • Illinois has a mixed primary system. The primary is closed, but voters can change parties each year. Voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus.
  • Registration is available all year round except during the 28 days prior to an election and the 2 days after each election.
  • As of May 2015, Illinois is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration. Illinois has a bill pending in the 2013 legislative session which would authorize online voter registration. On May 29, 2013 the Illinois Senate passed the bill. It now goes to the Illinois House of Representatives for further debate.[7][8]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Illinois, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Illinois is one of 34 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 third day prior to the election. Electors who vote early will be required to show identification.[9] The nationwide 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

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' 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 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Illinois received an overall score of 60 percent.[10]

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