HOUSE BILL No. 5119

 

October 25, 2011, Introduced by Reps. Outman and McBroom and referred to the Committee on Redistricting and Elections.

 

     A bill to amend 1954 PA 116, entitled

 

"Michigan election law,"

 

by amending section 677 (MCL 168.677), as amended by 1997 PA 158.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 677. (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (4),

 

a precinct election inspector shall be a qualified and registered

 

elector of the county in which he or she serves or, in the case of

 

a local unit of government that lies in more than 1 county, is a

 

qualified and registered elector of the local unit of government in

 

which the election is being held, this state, shall have a good

 

reputation, and shall have sufficient education and clerical

 

ability to perform the duties of the office. A person shall not be

 

appointed to a board of election inspectors unless the person has

 

filed an application with a city, township, or village clerk in

 

that county where the individual wishes to serve as election


 

inspector.

 

     (2) The application shall be in his or her own handwriting and

 

shall contain the applicant's name, home address, ward and precinct

 

registration if any, date of birth, length of residence in the

 

county, political party affiliation, education, employment, and

 

other experience qualifications. The application shall provide a

 

certification that the applicant is not a member or a known active

 

advocate, as that term is defined in section 674, of a political

 

party other than the one entered on the application. The form of

 

the application under this section shall be approved by the state

 

director of elections. The clerk shall maintain a file of

 

applications filed under this section and make the applications

 

available for public inspection at the clerk's office during normal

 

business hours.

 

     (3) A person shall not be knowingly appointed or permitted to

 

act as a precinct election inspector if the person or any member of

 

his or her immediate family is a candidate for nomination or

 

election to any office at the election or who has been convicted of

 

a felony or election crime. A person shall not be permitted to act

 

as an election inspector if he or she has failed to attend a school

 

of instruction or failed to take an examination as provided in

 

section 683. This section does not prohibit the candidate for or

 

delegate to a political party convention from acting as an election

 

inspector in a precinct other than the precinct in which he or she

 

resides. An election shall not be invalidated merely because of the

 

violation of the provisions of this section.

 

     (4) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection and


 

subject to subsection (5), a person who is 16 or 17 years of age

 

and who is a resident of the county in which he or she serves or,

 

in the case of a local unit of government that lies in more than 1

 

county, is a resident of the local unit of government in which the

 

election is being held may be appointed to a board of election

 

inspectors. Before a person may be appointed under this subsection,

 

the first 3 members of the board required to be appointed under

 

section 672 must meet the requirements of subsections (1) to (3). A

 

person who is appointed under this subsection must meet the

 

requirements of subsections (1) to (3) other than being a qualified

 

and registered elector of the county in which he or she serves.

 

this state. A person who is appointed under this subsection is not

 

eligible to be designated as chairperson of the board under section

 

674.

 

     (5) If a person seeking appointment to a board of election

 

inspectors under subsection (4) is attending a K-12 school and if

 

an election falls on a school day, the person shall provide to the

 

clerk, along with the application filed under subsections (1) and

 

(2), a written document from his or her school specifically

 

acknowledging that person's application for appointment to the

 

board of election inspectors and specifically excusing that person

 

from school on the date of service, if such the appointment is

 

made.