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2017 Senate Bill 290: Increase election recount deposit requirements

Public Act 130 of 2018

Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on March 30, 2017
To increase the deposit that a candidate must make to get an election recount, to $250 per precinct if the winner’s vote margin was more than 5 percent. If the recount does not change the outcome the candidate loses the deposit. The bill arises from the actions of the 2016 Green Party presidential candidate and Democratic Party operatives after the Nov. 8, 2016 defeat of Hillary Clinton in Michigan. These persons orchestrated a statewide recount allegedly on behalf of the Green Party candidate, who received less than 2 percent of the Michigan vote.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on March 30, 2017
Reported in the Senate on May 9, 2017
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Received in the House on May 23, 2017
Referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee on May 23, 2017
Reported in the House on October 26, 2017
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass. The substitute also allows the lower fee if the winner and loser are separated by less than 75 votes in a precinct.
Passed 93 to 16 in the House on April 18, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To increase the deposit that a candidate must make to get an election recount, to $250 per precinct if the winner’s vote margin was more than 5 percent or 75 votes, whichever is greater. If the recount does not change the outcome the candidate loses the deposit. The bill arises from the actions of the 2016 Green Party presidential candidate and Democratic Party operatives after the Nov. 8, 2016 defeat of Hillary Clinton in Michigan. These persons orchestrated a statewide recount allegedly on behalf of the Green Party candidate, who received less than 2 percent of the Michigan vote.
Received in the Senate on April 19, 2018
Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on April 19, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 2, 2018

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