Illinois elections, 2013
Illinois election information for 2013 is listed below.
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Exceptions include special elections.
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November 5, 2013
There are several special elections scheduled for the state of Illinois in 2013.
Elections by type
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, 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.
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.
Voting in Illinois
- See also: Voting in Illinois
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 April 2014, Illinois is one of the 35 states that have not implemented 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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 and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen to 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%.
- 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
- HB 2418
- The Southern Illinoisan,Senate approves online voter registration, May 30, 2013
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Early Voting Brochure," accessed December 18, 2013
- Pew Charitable Trusts, Election Performance Index Report
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