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2020 Senate Bill 757: Permit early counting of absentee ballots

Public Act 177 of 2020

Introduced by Sen. Ruth Johnson (R) on January 28, 2020
To revise rules on the physical details of absentee ballots with the goal of making it easier to process and count them, and allow clerks in larger communities (above 40,000) to begin opening and processing the ballots the day before an election. See Senate Bill 756, which allows early counting of absentee ballots.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Elections Committee on January 28, 2020
Reported in the Senate on February 18, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Sen. Ruth Johnson (R) on September 15, 2020
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 15, 2020
To revise rules on the physical details of absentee ballots with the goal of making it easier to process and count them, and allow clerks in larger communities (above 25,000) to begin opening and processing absentee ballots the day before an election, under rules prescribed by the bill.
Received in the House on September 15, 2020
Referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee on September 15, 2020
Reported in the House on September 23, 2020
Refer to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on September 23, 2020
Reported in the House on September 24, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-7) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Rebekah Warren (D) on September 24, 2020
To allow clerks to start opening absentee ballots on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before an election.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 24, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Tim Sneller (D) on September 24, 2020
To strip the proposed 25,000 population threshold requirement from the bill's provisions.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 24, 2020
Received in the Senate on September 24, 2020
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on October 6, 2020

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