Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules  
611 W. Ottawa Street  
Lansing, MI 48909  
Phone: 517-335-8658 Fax: 517-335-9512  
1. Agency Information  
Agency name:  
Elections & Campaign Finance  
Name of person completing this form:  
Adam Fracassi  
Phone number of person completing this form:  
E-mail of person completing this form:  
Name of Department Regulatory Affairs Officer reviewing this form:  
Doug Novak  
2. Rule Set Information  
MOAHR assigned rule set number:  
2021-62 ST  
Title of proposed rule set:  
Online Absent Voter Ballot Application  
3. Purpose for the proposed rules and background:  
To create process for and form of online absent voter ballot application.  
4. Summary of proposed rules:  
Prior to elections, Michigan Election Law requires voters to submit an application requesting to  
receive an absent voter ballot for the relevant elections. Voters can submit an application every  
election, or they can submit one application that covers dual elections. The application that is  
submitted is in paper format. The proposed rule set would codify current practice established in 2020  
and allow the voter to submit an application through a portal online that captures the voter’s signature  
on their driver’s license and applies it to the application.  
5. List names of newspapers in which the notice of public hearing was published and  
publication dates:  
MCL 24.242 and 24.245  
Agency Report to JCAR-Page 2  
Marquette Mining Journal (September 17, 2021)  
Flint Journal (September 17, 2021)  
Kalamazoo Gazette (September 17, 2021)  
6. Date of publication of rules and notice of public hearing in Michigan Register:  
7. Date, time, and location of public hearing:  
10/1/2021 09:00 AM at Cadillac Place Room L-150 , 3044 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48202  
8. Provide the link the agency used to post the regulatory impact statement and cost-benefit  
analysis on its website:  
9. List of the name and title of agency representative(s) attending public hearing:  
Adam Fracassi (Bureau of Elections – Designated Agency Representative)  
Doug Novak (Department of State – Regulatory Affairs Officer)  
Jonathan Brater (Bureau of Elections – Director)  
Brian Remlinger (Bureau of Elections – Law Fellow)  
10. Persons submitting comments of support:  
see attached  
11. Persons submitting comments of opposition:  
see attached  
12. Identify any changes made to the proposed rules based on comments received during the  
public comment period:  
Name &  
Organization public hearing  
Comments made at Written  
Agency Rationale Rule number  
for change  
& citation  
13.Date report completed:  
MCL 24.242 and 24.245