SENATE BILL No. 61

 

 

January 27, 2009, Introduced by Senators BROWN, JACOBS and JANSEN and referred to the Committee on Campaign and Election Oversight.

 

 

 

     A bill to amend 1954 PA 116, entitled

 

"Michigan election law,"

 

(MCL 168.1 to 168.992) by adding section 496a.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 496a. (1) A person may preregister to vote at a secretary

 

of state office if he or she meets all of the following

 

requirements:

 

     (a) Is at least 16 years of age but less than 17-1/2 years of

 

age.

 

     (b) Has been issued either a graduated licensing status to

 

operate a motor vehicle under section 310e of the Michigan vehicle

 

code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.310e, or an official state personal

 

identification card under 1972 PA 222, MCL 28.291 to 28.300.

 

     (c) Is a citizen of the United States.

 


     (d) Has been a resident of this state for not less than 30

 

days.

 

     (2) A person shall preregister to vote on a form prescribed by

 

the secretary of state.

 

     (3) A person who preregisters to vote under subsection (1)

 

shall become a registered elector at 17-1/2 years of age and become

 

eligible to vote on his or her eighteenth birthday.

 

     (4) The secretary of state shall add the required voter

 

registration information as provided in section 509q to the

 

qualified voter file for each person who is automatically

 

registered to vote under subsection (3). When a preregistered

 

elector becomes 17-1/2 years of age, the secretary of state shall

 

transmit the voter registration information to the clerk of the

 

city, township, or village where the preregistered elector resides.

 

     (5) Upon receipt of the voter registration information under

 

subsection (4), the city or township clerk shall send the

 

preregistered elector a voter identification card.

 

     (6) If a voter identification card sent under subsection (5)

 

is returned to the city or township clerk as undeliverable, the

 

city or township clerk shall reject the voter registration for that

 

elector and proceed under section 499.