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2015 Senate Bill 13: Eliminate straight ticket ballot option

Public Act 268 of 2015

Introduced by Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R) on January 20, 2015
To eliminate the straight party ticket option from election ballots.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on January 20, 2015
Reported in the Senate on November 10, 2015
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on November 10, 2015
To appropriate $1 million for the stated purpose of studying the effect of the bill if it goes into effect, but which most observers regard as a means to make the proposed law "referendum proof." A 2001 Supreme Court ruling interpreted a provision in the state constitution that prohibits referendums on appropiations bills to apply to any bill containing an appropriation, even a very modest one.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 10, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on November 10, 2015
To essentially repeal a law that requires a person who registers to vote by mail to show up at the polls and vote in person the first time they vote.
The amendment failed 15 to 21 in the Senate on November 10, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on November 10, 2015
To eliminate the requirement that a person give a specific reason for requesting an absentee ballot.
The amendment failed 13 to 23 in the Senate on November 10, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on November 10, 2015
To allow a person to have a different address on their drivers license or state ID card than the one at which they are registered to vote.
The amendment failed 12 to 24 in the Senate on November 10, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on November 10, 2015
To require the Secretary of State to develop a system for electronic online voter registration on its website.
The amendment failed 12 to 24 in the Senate on November 10, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on November 10, 2015
To require and set rules for “early voting” beginning 30 days before election days.
The amendment failed 11 to 25 in the Senate on November 10, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on November 10, 2015
To strip out the modest appropriation added to make the bill "referendum proof".
The amendment failed 13 to 23 in the Senate on November 10, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on November 10, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4927, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4927 would automatically register to vote a person getting a drivers license or state I.D. for the first time.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on November 10, 2015
Received in the House on December 1, 2015
Referred to the House Elections Committee on December 1, 2015
Reported in the House on December 8, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on December 9, 2015
To strip out the modest appropriation added to make the bill "referendum proof".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeremy Moss (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4779, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4779 would allow a person to vote by absentee ballot in the first election after registering to vote by mail. Current law requires that such voters show up in person the first time that they vote in a new jurisdiction.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Gretchen Driskell (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4807, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4807 to make explicit in statute that a concealed pistol license is among the forms of valid photo identification for voting. Current law requires voters to show a drivers license, state ID card or “other generally recognized picture identification card”.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4816, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4816 would to change the deadline for voter registration from 30 days to 10 days before an election.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. LaTanya Garrett (D) on December 9, 2015
To establish that if enacted the bill won’t go into effect until 2017.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Henry Yanez (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4053, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4053 would authorize up to one year in prison and $500 fine for promising, providing, or accepting valuable consideration to run (or not run) for a political office, not including campaign contributions.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Kristy Pagan (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4799, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4799 would allow 16 and 17 year olds to "preregister" to vote when they turn 18.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Vanessa Guerra (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4350, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4350 would mandate that candidates for state offices file detailed personal financial disclosure statements.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Hoadley (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4802, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4802 would require the Secretary of State to create a centralized registry for electors to report any errors that occur during an election.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5114, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 5114 make the three regular state dates for most state elections in May, August, and November are state holidays, which among other things would probably mean that most government employees would get the day off.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on December 9, 2015
To allow voters age 60 and older to go to the front of the line at polling places.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on December 9, 2015
To allow voters who have a disability to go to the front of the line at polling places.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Derek Miller (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4927 to 4829, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. Those bills would automatically register to vote a person getting a drivers license or state I.D. for the first time.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeremy Moss (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4800, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4800 would accommodate a proposal to create a citizens redistricting commission to redraw congressional and legislative disticts.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Brian Banks (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 60, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 60 would require and set rules for “early voting” beginning 30 days before election days.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on December 9, 2015
To require that some races for nonpartisan offices appear on ballots before the partisan contests appear.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Hoadley (D) on December 9, 2015
To require that some races for nonpartisan offices appear on ballots before the partisan contests appear.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4131, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4131 would eliminate the requirement that a person give a specific reason for requesting an absentee ballot.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4288, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4288 would require the Secretary of State to develop a system for electronic online voter registration on its website.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. George T. Darany (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4179, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4179 would revise the requirement that a person who registers by mail and has never voted in Michigan must provide identification when voting the first time. The bill would allow the person to show up at any municipal clerk’s office before an election and show his or her ID, and would then require that clerk to notify the clerk of the appropriate jurisdiction.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Pam Faris (D) on December 9, 2015
To strip out the modest appropriation added to make the bill "referendum proof".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. George T. Darany (D) on December 9, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4029, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4029 would eliminate the requirement that a person give a specific reason for requesting an absentee ballot.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on December 9, 2015
To strip out the modest appropriation added to make the bill "referendum proof".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2015
Passed 54 to 51 in the House on December 9, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To eliminate the straight party ticket option from election ballots. The bill also contains a modest appropriation that exempts it from the possibility of opponents petitioning for a referendum on whether it should go into law if enacted.
Received in the Senate on December 16, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on December 16, 2015
To strip out an appropriation that would make the bill "referendum-proof" under current Michigan Supreme Court interpretations of a constitutional prohibition on submitting appropriations bills to a referendum.
The amendment failed 15 to 22 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. David Knezek (D) on December 16, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5114, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 5114 make the three regular state dates for most state elections in May, August, and November are state holidays, which among other things would probably mean that most government employees would get the day off.
The amendment failed 10 to 27 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. David Robertson (R) on December 16, 2015
To strip out the "tie bar" to House Bill 4724, which would allow "no reason" absentee ballots.
The amendment passed 20 to 17 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on December 16, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 58, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 58 would allow 16 and 17 year olds to "preregister" to vote when they turn 18.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on December 16, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on December 16, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 59, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 59 would eliminate the requirement that a person give a specific reason for requesting an absentee ballot.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on December 16, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on December 16, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 60, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 60 would require and set rules for “early voting” beginning 30 days before election days.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on December 16, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on December 16, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 61, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 61 would require the Secretary of State to develop a system for electronic online voter registration on its website.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on December 16, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on December 16, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 89, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 61 would allow a person to vote by absentee ballot in the first election after registering by mail to vote in a jurisdiction.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on December 16, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on December 16, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4816, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4816 would to change the deadline for voter registration from 30 days to 10 days before an election.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on December 16, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on December 16, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Joint Resolution EE, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HJR EE would transition Michigan governor elections to the same years as U.S. presidential elections.
The amendment failed 11 to 26 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
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To concur with the House-passed version of the bill. This final version is not linked to a proposal to allow "no reason" absentee voting.
Received in the House on December 16, 2015
Passed 54 to 52 in the House on December 16, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the last Senate-passed version of the bill. This final version is not linked to a proposal to allow "no reason" absentee voting.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 5, 2016

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