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2018 Senate Bill 1241: Prescribe rules for early voting and same-day registration

Public Act 606 of 2018

Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall R-White Lake on November 29, 2018
To prescribe details of rules needed to implement the election-day registration and early voting provisions enacted by voter approval of 2018 Proposal 3. The measure eliminated the requirement to register to vote at least 30 days before an election, and authorized “no reason” absentee ballot voting for all voters, mail-in voter registration, automatic registration with drivers license or state ID interactions, and a straight-ticket voting option. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 1238 to 1242, and is reportedly intended to prevent an incoming Democratic Secretary of State from making potentially partisan choices in the many parts of state election laws where important details are left to the discretion of state officials and agencies. This bill requires drivers license and state ID application forms to have a space that indicates indicate whether applicants wish to waive the automatic voter registration provision.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on November 29, 2018
Reported in the Senate on December 6, 2018
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
To prescribe details of rules needed to implement the election-day registration and early voting provisions enacted by voter approval of 2018 Proposal 3. The measure eliminated the requirement to register to vote at least 30 days before an election, and authorized “no reason” absentee ballot voting for all voters, mail-in voter registration, automatic registration with drivers license or state ID interactions, and a straight-ticket voting option. This bill requires drivers license and state ID application forms to have a space that indicates indicate whether applicants wish to waive the automatic voter registration provision.
Received in the House on December 6, 2018
Referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee on December 6, 2018
Reported in the House on December 19, 2018
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 28, 2018

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