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2009 House Bill 5456: Allow automatic absentee ballot mailings
Introduced by Rep. Fred Miller (D) on September 23, 2009
To require local governments to maintain a permanent absent voter list, and to require local elections clerks to automatically send an absentee ballot before each election to any qualified “elector” (registered voter) who requests that he or she be placed on the list. Note: A recent circuit court case ruled that Detroit could not automatically send out absentee ballots to voters who had received them in previous elections, because state law only authorizes that absentee ballots be sent to those who specifically ask for them.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee on September 23, 2009
Reported in the House on January 27, 2010
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on February 9, 2010
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 9, 2010
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on February 9, 2010
To limit the bill's scope to voter age 60 or more.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 9, 2010
Amendment offered by Rep. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on February 9, 2010
To allow clerks to strike a voter from the proposed automatic absentee ballot mailing list if he or she had not voted in the past year, rather than in the past four years.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 9, 2010
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on February 9, 2010
To limit the bill's scope only to voters age 60 and more, and voters on active military duty.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 9, 2010
Received in the Senate on February 10, 2010
Referred to the Senate Campaign & Election Oversight Committee on February 10, 2010

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