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2007 House Bill 4553: Allow automatic absentee ballot mailings to seniors
Introduced by Rep. Marc Corriveau (D) on March 29, 2007
To allow (but not require) local elections clerks to automatically send an absentee ballot before each election to any qualified registered voter age 60 and older, even if the voter has not requested an absent voter ballot application. 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 March 29, 2007
Reported in the House on July 24, 2007
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the House on July 24, 2007
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 amendment passed by voice vote in the House on July 24, 2007
Amendment offered by Rep. Chris Ward (R) on July 24, 2007
To require rather than just allow clerks to mail absentee ballots to all registered voters age 60 or older.
The amendment failed 48 to 58 in the House on July 24, 2007.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To allow (but not require) local elections clerks to automatically send an absentee ballot before each election to any qualified registered voter age 60 and older, without having first received an absentee ballot request from the voter for a particular election. 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.
Received in the Senate on August 1, 2007
Referred to the Senate Campaign & Election Oversight Committee on August 1, 2007
Reported in the Senate on June 18, 2008
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

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