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SECTION 8-304
Voters; signature identification
Election (ELN) CHAPTER 17, ARTICLE 8, TITLE 3
§ 8-304. Voters; signature identification. 1. A person before being
allowed to vote shall be required, except as provided in this chapter,
to sign his or her name on the back of his or her registration poll
record on the first line reserved for his or her signature at the time
of election which is not filled with a previous signature, or in the
space provided in the computer generated registration list reserved for
the voter's signature. The two inspectors in charge shall satisfy
themselves by a comparison of this signature with the voter's
registration signature and by comparison of the voter's appearance with
the descriptive material on the face of the registration poll record
that the voter is the person registered. If they are so satisfied they
shall enter the other information required for the election on the same
line with the voter's latest signature, shall sign their names or
initials in the spaces provided therefor, and shall permit the applicant
to vote. Any inspector or inspectors not satisfied shall challenge the
applicant forthwith.

2. If a person who alleges an inability to sign his or her name
presents himself or herself to vote, the board of inspectors shall
permit such person to vote, unless challenged on other grounds, provided
the voter had been permitted to register without signing the voter's
name. The board shall enter the words "Unable to Sign" in the space on
the voter's registration poll record reserved for the voter's signature
or on the line or space the computer generated registration list
reserved for the voter's signature at such election. If the voter's
signature appears upon the voter's registration record or in the
computer generated registration list the board shall challenge the voter
forthwith, except that if such a person claims that he or she is unable
to sign his or her name by reason of a physical disability incurred
since the voter's registration, the board, if convinced of the existence
of such disability, shall permit him or her to vote, shall enter the
words "Unable to Sign" and a brief description of such disability in the
space reserved for the voter's signature at such election. At each
subsequent election, if such disability still exists, the voter shall be
entitled to vote without signing their name and the board of inspectors,
without further notation, shall enter the words "Unable to Sign" in the
space reserved for the voter's signature at such election.

3. The voter's facsimile signature shall be effectively concealed from
the voter by a blotter or other means until after the voter shall have
completed the signature.

4. In any case where a person who has heretofore voted has placed his
voting signature on the back of his registration poll record on the
first or any succeeding line or lines at the time or times of an
election, instead of on the last line of the space thereon required to
be reserved for such voting signatures and on any lines next running
upward therefrom, the inspectors of election shall obliterate such
misplaced signature or signatures, initial the obliteration and require
such voter to sign his name again in the correct place on such
registration poll record.

5. Any person who has heretofore registered and who at such time
placed his or her registration signature on the back of the registration
poll record otherwise than in the space required to be provided therefor
at the bottom of such poll record, shall, before being permitted to vote
at any election thereafter, subscribe a new registration signature for
himself on the last line at the bottom of such poll record, and, at the
same time, if the inspectors of election are satisfied that the
signatures were made by the same person, obliterate his original
registration signature placed elsewhere than on the bottom of such
record. Such obliterations may be made by crossing out the signature so
as to completely efface the same or by affixing thereover a piece of
gummed tape of a size sufficient only to cover such signature and of a
type adequate to fully conceal the same.