MCL - Section 168.493a

MICHIGAN ELECTION LAW (EXCERPT)
Act 116 of 1954

***** 168.493a THIS SECTION IS AMENDED EFFECTIVE JUNE 30, 2025: See 168.493a.amended *****



168.493a Automatic voter registration; qualifications; option to opt-out; information added to qualified voter file; erroneous registration not a violation.

Sec. 493a.

    (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), the secretary of state shall automatically register to vote each individual who meets the qualifications of an elector under section 492 and who submits an application for an operator's or chauffeur's license issued under the Michigan vehicle code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.1 to 257.923, an official state personal identification card issued under 1972 PA 222, MCL 28.291 to 28.300, or an enhanced driver license or enhanced official state personal identification card issued under the enhanced driver license and enhanced official state personal identification card act, 2008 PA 23, MCL 28.301 to 28.308. In addition, subject to subsections (2) and (3), the secretary of state shall automatically register to vote each individual who meets the qualifications of an elector under section 492 and who submits a change of address application for an operator's or chauffeur's license issued under the Michigan vehicle code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.1 to 257.923, an official state personal identification card issued under 1972 PA 222, MCL 28.291 to 28.300, or an enhanced driver license or enhanced official state personal identification card issued under the enhanced driver license and enhanced official state personal identification card act, 2008 PA 23, MCL 28.301 to 28.308.
    (2) For purposes of subsection (1), the secretary of state shall only automatically register to vote an individual who indicates on his or her operator's or chauffeur's license application, official state personal identification card application, or change of address application that he or she is a citizen of the United States.
    (3) The secretary of state shall not automatically register to vote an individual who indicates on the operator's or chauffeur's license application, official state personal identification card application, enhanced driver license application, enhanced official state personal identification card application, or change of address application that he or she declines to use the application as a voter registration application. The secretary of state shall not transmit any information to the qualified voter file regarding any individual who declines to use an application described in this section as a voter registration application.
    (4) The secretary of state shall add any information required under section 509q to the qualified voter file for each elector registered under subsection (1) and shall forward the name of each elector registered under this section to the clerk of the city or township in which each elector registered resides.
    (5) An individual who is not eligible to vote and who, without intending to register to vote, becomes registered to vote through human or mechanical error is not considered to have knowingly intended to register to vote in violation of section 519.


History: Add. 2018, Act 603, Imd. Eff. Dec. 28, 2018
Popular Name: Election Code