SENATE BILL NO. 605

July 27, 2021, Introduced by Senators MCMORROW, HERTEL, MOSS, GEISS, BRINKS, ANANICH, WOJNO, BAYER, CHANG and POLEHANKI and referred to the Committee on Elections.

A bill to amend 1954 PA 116, entitled

"Michigan election law,"

(MCL 168.1 to 168.992) by adding sections 473a and 960a.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 473a. (1) If an elector signs a ballot question petition proposing a constitutional amendment, initiation of legislation, or referendum of legislation, and that elector wants to have his or her name and signature removed from the ballot question petition, the elector shall, before the ballot question petition is filed with the secretary of state, submit to the secretary of state a signed, written statement requesting that his or her name and signature be removed from the ballot question petition.

(2) If the secretary of state receives a signed, written statement from an elector as provided in subsection (1), the secretary of state shall immediately remove the name and signature of that elector from the ballot question petition when the ballot question petition is filed. In addition, the name and signature of that elector must not be used to determine if the ballot question petition was signed by the requisite number of qualified and registered electors.

Sec. 960a. (1) If an elector signs a recall petition, and that elector wants to have his or her name and signature removed from the recall petition, the elector shall, before the recall petition is filed with the filing official under section 959 or 960, submit to the filing official a signed, written statement requesting that his or her name and signature be removed from the recall petition.

(2) If the filing official under section 959 or 960 receives a signed, written statement from an elector as provided in subsection (1), the filing official shall immediately remove the name and signature of that elector from the recall petition when the recall petition is filed. In addition, the name and signature of that elector must not be used to determine if the recall petition was signed by the requisite number of qualified and registered electors.