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2011 House Bill 5061: Require photo ID when applying in person for absentee ballot
  1. Introduced by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on October 12, 2011, to require a person to have photo identification when applying in person for an absentee ballot; require local governments to use a state ballot tracker program if it available; and require the Secretary of State to develop information displays indicating that ballot coaching in residential care facilities for the elderly is prohibited.
    • Referred to the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on October 12, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on March 13, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on March 28, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 28, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on March 28, 2012, to require local election clerks to tell people who don't have a picture ID that they can sign an affidavit that they have no ID and still get an absentee ballot in person. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 28, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Woodrow Stanley (D) on March 28, 2012, to 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 March 28, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Barb Byrum (D) on March 28, 2012, to remove a provision establishing that an absentee ballot cast by person who obtained it in person without showing a photo ID is considered a "challenged ballot". The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 28, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Barb Byrum (D) on March 28, 2012, to establish that an absentee ballot cast by person who registered to vote without showing a photo ID may be subject to a ballot "challenge, but isn't automatically considered a "challenged ballot". The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 28, 2012.
  2. Passed 65 to 45 in the House on March 29, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 17, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on April 17, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 22, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 12, 2012, to adopt a version of the bill that also requires an absentee ballot applicant to affirm U.S. citizenship. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 12, 2012.
  4. Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on June 13, 2012, to require a person to have photo identification when applying in person for an absentee ballot, and to affirm U.S. citizenship when applying in person or by mail. Also, to require the Secretary of State to develop information displays indicating that ballot coaching in residential care facilities for the elderly is prohibited.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on June 13, 2012.
  6. Passed 65 to 45 in the House on June 14, 2012, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder on July 3, 2012.

Comments

Re: 2011 House Bill 5061 (Require photo ID when applying in person for absentee ballot )  by Freerider on August 6, 2012 

According to this site Gov. Snyder did sign this bill. That makes sense. I heard otherwise on news radio. 



Re: 2011 House Bill 5061 (Require photo ID when applying in person for absentee ballot )  by TaterSalad on July 16, 2012 
Voter I.D. requirement is not a problem and should be enacted in "every" state.

......................... http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/16/Florida-Poll-82-support-Photo-ID-laws-54-Favor-Purging-Non-Citizens-From-Voter-Rolls

Re: 2011 House Bill 5061 (Require photo ID when applying in person for absentee ballot )  by snap100 on July 9, 2012 
I need an ID to cash a check or withdraw money. Unless they think voting isn't important.

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