Suffrage and Elections

SECTION 1. VOTING QUALIFICATIONS

    Every United States citizen who has attained the age of 18 or any other voting age required by the United States for voting in State elections and who has been a permanent resident of this State for at least 30 days next preceding any election shall have the right to vote at such election.
The General Assembly by law may establish registration requirements and require permanent residence in an election
district not to exceed thirty days prior to an election. The General Assembly by law may establish shorter residence requirements for voting for President and Vice-President of the United States.
(Source: Amendment adopted at general election November 8,
1988.)

SECTION 2. VOTING DISQUALIFICATIONS

    A person convicted of a felony, or otherwise under sentence in a correctional institution or jail, shall lose the right to vote, which right shall be restored not later than upon completion of his sentence.

SECTION 3. ELECTIONS

    All elections shall be free and equal.

SECTION 4.  ELECTION LAWS

    The General Assembly by law shall define permanent residence for voting purposes, insure secrecy of voting and the integrity of the election process, and facilitate registration and voting by all qualified persons. Laws governing voter registration and conduct of elections shall be general and uniform.

SECTION  5. BOARD OF ELECTIONS

    A State Board of Elections shall have general supervision over the administration of the registration and election laws throughout the State. The General Assembly by law shall determine the size, manner of selection and compensation of the Board. No political party shall have a majority of members of the Board.

SECTION 6. GENERAL ELECTION

    As used in all articles of this Constitution except Article VII, "general election" means the biennial election at which members of the General Assembly are elected. Such election shall be held on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November in even-numbered years or on such other day as provided by law.