The State Board of Elections is an independent state agency that was provided for by the 1970 Illinois Constitution to supervise the registration of voters and the administration of elections throughout the state. Created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1973, the Board’s purpose is to serve as the central authority for all Illinois election law, information and procedures in Illinois.
The Board is an 8-member, bipartisan panel consisting of four Republicans and four Democrats, two of each party from Cook County and two of each party from Downstate. Day-to-day agency operations are handled by a full-time, professional staff in Springfield and Chicago offices. The State Board works closely in all parts of the State with the election authorities by answering their questions and generally providing the information necessary to conduct elections effectively and in accordance with Illinois law. Ongoing training programs for election authorities are conducted, encouraging an exchange of ideas and information to refine the state’s election process. All claims of irregularity or fraud in any Illinois election presented to the Board are carefully and thoroughly investigated. Most often, clarification of the law resolves many of the problems. The Board is not a police agency but has the power to investigate and refer apparent violations to law enforcement agencies. The Board’s role is to see that procedures provided for by state law are complied with throughout the state.
State Board of Elections office locations:
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph
Chicago, Illinois 60601
1020 S. Spring Street
P.O. Box 4187
Springfield, Illinois 62708