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2011 Senate Bill 584: Set date and authorize “closed” Republican presidential primary

Public Act 163 of 2011

  1. Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on August 24, 2011, to authorize a Republican presidential primary election between Feb. 28 and March 6, 2012. This would be a “closed” primary, meaning voters would have to “declare” that they want a Republican ballot. The voter lists would become public information.
    • Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on August 24, 2011.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on September 15, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 15, 2011.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on September 15, 2011, to authorize "no reason" absentee ballots for this election. The amendment failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on September 15, 2011.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on September 15, 2011, to authorize a Republican presidential primary election on Feb. 28, 2012. This would be a “closed” primary, meaning voters would have to “declare” that they want a Republican ballot. The voter lists would become public information.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on September 15, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on September 15, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on September 20, 2011, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Woodrow Stanley (D) on September 20, 2011, to make this an "open" primary rather than a "closed" one, meaning that Democrats could cross-over and vote without "declaring" publically that they want a Republican ballot. The substitute failed 45 to 63 in the House on September 20, 2011.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Rep. David Nathan (D) on September 20, 2011. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 20, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Barb Byrum (D) on September 20, 2011, to authorize "early voting," "no-reason" absentee ballot voting, and early registration for 16- and 17-year-olds (effective when they turn 18) in all Michigan elections. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on September 20, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Barb Byrum (D) on September 20, 2011, to give the proposed law the official title of "The $10 Million Republican Presidential Primary Election Law". The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 20, 2011.
  4. Passed 63 to 45 in the House on September 20, 2011, to authorize a Republican presidential primary election on Feb. 28, 2012. This would be a “closed” primary, meaning voters would have to “declare” that they want a Republican ballot. The voter lists would become public information.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on September 21, 2011.
    • Motion by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on September 21, 2011, that the bill be given immediate effect. The motion passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on September 21, 2011.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 4, 2011.

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