Bill Text: MI HJRO | 2017-2018 | 99th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Elections; voters; bill of rights for voters; establish. Amends sec. 4, art. II & adds sec. 1 to art. II of the state constitution.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 43-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-05-04 - Joint Resolution Electronically Reproduced 05/03/2017 [HJRO Detail]

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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION O

 

 

May 3, 2017, Introduced by Reps. Hoadley, Pagan, Garrett, Chang, Rabhi, Geiss, Dianda, Clemente, Chirkun, Lasinski, Cochran, Neeley, Yanez, Hammoud, Sabo, Byrd, Brinks, Faris, Moss, Sowerby, Ellison, LaGrand, Liberati, Elder, Robinson, Durhal, Wittenberg, Santana, Peterson, Love, Green, Sneller, Phelps, Camilleri, Singh, Greig, Kivela, Schor, Zemke, Hertel, Inman, Gay-Dagnogo, Greimel and Kosowski and referred to the Committee on Elections and Ethics.

 

     A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state

 

constitution of 1963, by amending section 4 of article II and by

 

adding section 1a to article II, to provide for the rights of

 

electors.

 

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the

 

state of Michigan, That the following amendment to the state

 

constitution of 1963, to provide for the rights of electors, is

 

proposed, agreed to, and submitted to the people of the state:

 

ARTICLE II

 

     Sec. 1a. (1) An individual who meets the qualifications of an

 

elector and is qualified to vote in any election in this state has

 

all of the following rights:

 

     (a) The right to vote a secret ballot in all elections.


     (b) The right, if serving in the uniformed services or living

 

overseas, to have an absentee voter ballot sent to him or her at

 

least 45 days before an election. As used in this subdivision,

 

"uniformed services" means the army, navy, air force, marine corps,

 

coast guard, the commissioned corps of the United States Public

 

Health Service, the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and

 

Atmospheric Administration, a reserve component of a uniformed

 

service, or the Michigan National Guard.

 

     (c) The right, once registered to vote in this state, to

 

remain registered and to vote by absentee voter ballot or regular

 

ballot in the jurisdiction in which he or she resides, immediately

 

upon signing a registration affidavit.

 

     (d) The right to be automatically registered to vote if he or

 

she is issued a state driver license or state personal

 

identification card, or if he or she conducts any other business at

 

a secretary of state branch office, and has the right to decline to

 

be automatically registered to vote.

 

     (e) The right to register to vote in person or by mail up to

 

and including 15 days before an election. If the fifteenth day

 

before an election falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday,

 

the right to register to vote is extended to the next business day

 

following the fifteenth day before an election.

 

     (f) The right to vote by absentee voter ballot in person

 

during, at a minimum, the 15 days before an election. During the 15

 

days before an election, each city or township clerk, or his or her

 

deputy, shall be available in at least one location in the city or

 

township for a minimum of four hours each day to issue and receive


in person absentee voter ballots. Each city or township clerk may,

 

in his or her discretion, issue and receive in person absentee

 

voter ballots for a period of time longer than 15 days before an

 

election.

 

     (g) The right to vote by absentee voter ballot without having

 

to provide a reason.

 

     (2) All rights set forth in this section are self-executing.

 

     (3) This section shall be liberally construed in favor of

 

voters' rights.

 

     (4) If any provision of this section is found to be invalid,

 

unenforceable, or unconstitutional, that provision is severable

 

from the remaining portions of this section.

 

     Sec. 4. The Except as otherwise provided in this constitution

 

or in the constitution and laws of the United States, the

 

legislature shall enact laws to regulate the time, place, and

 

manner of all nominations and elections, except as otherwise

 

provided in this constitution or in the constitution and laws of

 

the United States. The legislature shall enact laws to preserve the

 

purity of elections, to preserve the secrecy of the ballot, to

 

guard against abuses of the elective franchise, and to provide for

 

a system of voter registration and absentee voting. No law shall be

 

enacted which that permits a candidate in any partisan primary or

 

partisan election to have a ballot designation except when required

 

for identification of candidates for the same office who have the

 

same or similar surnames.

 

     Resolved further, That the foregoing amendment shall be

 

submitted to the people of the state at the next general election


in the manner provided by law.

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