November 27, 2012, Introduced by Reps. Stanley, Ananich, Dillon, Bledsoe, Haugh, Rutledge, Cavanagh and Stallworth and referred to the Committee on Redistricting and Elections.
A bill to amend 1954 PA 116, entitled
"Michigan election law,"
by amending sections 720 and 735 (MCL 168.720 and 168.735), section
735 as amended by 2004 PA 92, and by adding section 720a.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
720. (1) On the day of
any an election,
the polls shall
opened open at 7 o'clock in the forenoon, a.m. and
open until 8
o'clock in the afternoon and no longer. Every
p.m. Each qualified elector present and in line at the polls
the hour prescribed for the closing thereof time shall
allowed to vote.
(2) For early voting under section 720a, the polls shall be
open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each weekday and from 10 a.m. until 4
p.m. each Saturday and Sunday during the early voting period as
provided in section 720a. Before early voting begins, the clerk
shall post the hours that the polls will be open at the clerk's
office. The clerk shall provide notice to the electors that
substantially complies with the form in section 653a of the dates
and hours the early voting polling places will be open.
Sec. 720a. (1) Every city, township, and village shall provide
early voting at 1 or more polling places designated by the city,
township, or village clerk during the period of time set forth in
this section before an election.
(2) Early voting shall begin on the thirtieth day before an
election and end on the day before the election.
(3) The secretary of state shall cooperate with each
municipality conducting early voting and provide technical
assistance to each municipality that requests technical assistance.
(4) Except as otherwise provided, all of the following
provisions of this act apply to early voting:
(a) Election inspectors.
(b) Challenges to voters.
(c) Poll book and poll list.
(d) Notices, instructions, and placards.
(e) Security of a voting machine or other voting system.
(f) Ballot security, ballot containers, ballot counting, and
(g) Spoiled ballots.
(5) The poll book and poll list for each precinct shall be
maintained in accordance with section 735.
(6) Early voting ballots shall be processed in the same manner
as ballots cast on election day.
(7) As used in this section, "municipality" means a city,
township, or village.
Sec. 735. (1) At each primary and election, election
inspectors shall keep 1 poll book and 1 poll list. An election
inspector shall enter in the poll book, in the order in which
electors are given ballots, the name of each elector who is given a
ballot and immediately after the name, on the same line, shall
enter the number of the ballot given to the elector. For an absent
voter ballot, when an election inspector removes the ballot from
the sealed absent voter envelope, the election inspector shall
enter in the poll book the name of the absent voter and the number
of the ballot.
(2) For early voting under section 720a, the poll book shall
be divided by date and separate records shall be maintained for
each day of early voting.
If an elector is issued a provisional ballot, an
election inspector shall enter a proper designation in the poll
book, including whether the provisional ballot was tabulated in the
precinct or was secured for verification after the election.
At the completion of the precinct canvass, an election
inspector shall record on the certificate provided in the poll book
the number of each metal seal used to seal voting equipment and
ballot containers. Each member of the board of election inspectors
shall sign the certificate.