December 13, 2011, Introduced by Reps. Agema, Franz, O'Brien, Somerville, Heise, Glardon, Opsommer, Cotter, Olson, MacMaster, Crawford, Tyler, Price, MacGregor, Rendon, Jenkins, Foster, Haines, Jacobsen, Damrow, McBroom, Yonker, Hooker, Kurtz, Haveman, Bumstead, Kowall, McMillin, Huuki, Denby and LaFontaine and referred to the Committee on Redistricting and Elections.
A bill to amend 1954 PA 116, entitled
"Michigan election law,"
by amending section 509q (MCL 168.509q), as amended by 2005 PA 71,
and by adding section 496a.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 496a. (1) Voter registration applications shall contain a
statement requiring an applicant to submit satisfactory evidence of
United States citizenship with his or her application and stating
that the application shall be rejected if satisfactory evidence of
United States citizenship is not provided.
(2) A person processing voter registration applications at a
department of state office, a designated voter registration agency,
or a county, city, township, or village clerk's office shall reject
a voter registration application that is not accompanied by
satisfactory evidence of United States citizenship. Satisfactory
evidence of United States citizenship includes any of the
(a) The applicant's driver license number or personal
identification card number issued by the department of state or the
equivalent department of another state if that department indicates
on the applicant's driver license or personal identification card
that the person has provided satisfactory evidence of United States
(b) A legible photocopy of the applicant's birth certificate
that verifies United States citizenship to the satisfaction of the
person processing the voter registration application.
(c) The applicant's United States passport.
(d) A legible photocopy of the pertinent pages of the
applicant's United States passport identifying the applicant and
the applicant's passport number.
(e) The applicant's United States naturalization documents or
the number of the certificate of naturalization. If only the number
of the certificate of naturalization is provided, the applicant
shall not be included in the registration rolls and qualified voter
file until the person processing the application verifies the
number of the certificate of naturalization with the United States
immigration and naturalization service.
(f) Other documents or methods of proof that are used to
establish United States citizenship pursuant to the immigration
reform and control act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, 100 Stat. 3359.
(g) The applicant's bureau of Indian affairs card number,
tribal treaty card number, or tribal enrollment number.
(3) For purposes of this section, proof of voter registration
from another state is not satisfactory evidence of United States
(4) Notwithstanding subsection (2), a person who is registered
to vote in this state on the effective date of the amendatory act
that added this section shall not be required to submit evidence of
United States citizenship unless the person moves his or her
residence to another city, township, or village.
(5) After a person submits satisfactory evidence of
citizenship, the city, township, or village clerk shall add this
information to the qualified voter file. The city, township, or
village clerk may destroy all documents submitted as evidence of
United States citizenship not less than 2 years after the date of
Sec. 509q. The qualified voter file shall contain all of the
following information for each qualified voter:
(a) The name; residence address including house number and
street name or rural route and box number, and the apartment
number, if any; city; state; zip code; and date of birth.
(b) The driver's license number or state personal
identification card number or similar number issued by a designated
voter registration agency.
(c) Jurisdictional information including county and city or
township; village, if any; and school district.
(d) Precinct numbers and ward numbers, if any.
(e) Any other information that the secretary of state
determines is necessary to assess the eligibility of qualified
electors or to administer voter registration or other aspects of
the election process.
(f) Voting history for a 5-year period.
(g) The most recent digitized signature of an elector if
captured or reproduced by the secretary of state or a county, city,
or township clerk from a voter registration application pursuant to
section 509hh, or captured or reproduced by the secretary of state
pursuant to section 307 of the Michigan vehicle code, 1949 PA 300,
(h) Evidence of United States citizenship.