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.




     Sec. 720. (1) On the day of any an election, the polls shall


be opened open at 7 o'clock in the forenoon, a.m. and shall be


continuously open until 8 o'clock in the afternoon and no longer.


Every p.m. Each qualified elector present and in line at the polls


at the hour prescribed for the closing thereof time shall be


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


ballot preservation.


     (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.


     (3) (2) 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.


     (4) (3) 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.