HOUSE BILL No. 5221

 

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

 

following:

 

     (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

 

citizenship.

 

     (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

 

citizenship.

 

     (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

 

submission.

 

     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,

 

MCL 257.307.

 

     (h) Evidence of United States citizenship.