By: Stuart L. Whitt
On May 31, 2021, the General Assembly approved Senate Bill 825 which was signed into law by Governor Pritzker on June 17, 2021, becoming Public Act 102-0015. This Public Act made a number of changes to the State’s 2022 election cycle, including the following:
1. P.A. 102-0015 added Section 5/2A-1.1b to the Election Code which, among other things, changed the 2022 general primary election date to June 28, 2022. As a result of this change:
a. Any petition to submit a public question to referendum must be filed with the appropriate authority or board no later than Monday, March 21, 2022; and
b. Any resolution or ordinance to submit a public question to referendum must adopted by the local board no later than Monday, April 11, 2022.
Any school administrators or school boards considering a public question for submission to referendum at the 2022 general primary election should heed these new deadlines.
2. P.A. 102-0015 also added Section 5/2A-1.1c to the Election Code making November 8, 2022 a State holiday known as the 2022 General Election Day. November 8, 2022 is deemed a legal school holiday for purposes of the School Code and the State Universities Civil Service Act. Any closed school must be made available to a local election authority for use as a polling place for the 2022 general election.
These provisions apply to the 2022 general primary election and general election only. They are both repealed effective January 1, 2023.
If you have questions concerning this post, please contact Whitt Law Senior Attorney Brittany Flaherty Theis.