Governor Snyder signed the
2012 Presidential Primary bill into law yesterday. The bill
(Senate Bill 584, now Public Act 163) can be found here:
The 2012 presidential
primary is set for Tuesday, February 28. A list of the
pertinent dates and deadlines related to the primary can be
The Bureau of Elections is
developing a detailed informational packet that will cover
all of the major issues involved in administering the
presidential primary. This information will be forwarded to
you later this year and will be available on our website.
Overall processes will be similar to those used in the 2008
presidential primary. Minor changes will also be made to
the E-Pollbook program to allow for selection of the
appropriate ballot. Some of the key implementation issues
The 2012 presidential
primary will be conducted as a "closed" primary.
Consequently, a minimum of two - and possibly three -
ballots will be needed to administer the primary.
Jurisdictions conducting any type of special election in
conjunction with the presidential primary will have a
Republican ballot, a Democratic ballot, and a ballot
which contains only the proposals and/or offices related
to the special election. Republican and Democratic
ballots will each also contain all special election
proposals and candidates.
Applications to vote
and Absent Voter ballot applications will include a
ballot designation (Republican Party, Democratic Party,
Ballot without Presidential Primary - local issues
The voter's selected
ballot type will be recorded on the precinct list. For
E-pollbook jurisdictions, this will include a "pick
list" that will be added to the voter selection / ballot
By law, voters' ballot
selection information will be available to everyone
under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Bureau of Elections
will develop a process for creating and providing
electronic lists of voters that participated in each
party's primary as required by law. The QVF will be
enhanced to allow clerks to record each voter's ballot
each voter's political party ballot selection must be
destroyed after 22 months.
The dates and deadlines
document referenced above also includes pertinent deadlines
related to county and local issues that may appear on the
February 28 ballot. The immediate next steps will involve
establishing the list of qualified presidential primary
candidates that may appear on the ballot. These lists will
be finalized by early December. Key steps and dates
involved in this process are also outlined in the dates and
deadlines document referenced above.
Again, more detailed
information will be forwarded to you in the near future. In
the meantime, if you have questions please contact the
Bureau of Elections at 1-800-292-5973.