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2013 House Bill 4878: Establish “super voting precinct” pilot project
  1. Introduced by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on June 20, 2013, to require the Secretary of State to establish a “super voter precinct” pilot project, which means voters can vote at any area polling place in their area, not just the one to which they are assigned. This would require a reliable “electronic poll book” and the ability for polling places to update it in real time as people vote, for which the bill prescribes standards and procedures. The bill would also authorize local governments to consolidate election administration functions.
    • Referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee on June 20, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on October 29, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on November 7, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that does not include a “super voting precinct” pilot project. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 7, 2013.
  2. Passed 109 to 1 in the House on November 12, 2013, to allow city or township clerks to make agreements with the state Bureau of Elections or with their county clerk to perform duties related to maintaining their "qualified voter file," and letting their county clerk perform certain election-related duties. The "super voting precinct" pilot program originally proposed by the bill is not included.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on November 13, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on November 13, 2013.

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