Secretary of State Won't Fight Citizenship Check-Off Ruling

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson doesn't plan to file an emergency appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocks a citizenship check-off box on Michigan ballot applications. reports Johnson's office confirmed the decision this week. Johnson's office still could go through the usual appeals process after reviewing the ruling, but the box won't be used for the Nov. 6 election.
The check-off box incensed some voters. U.S. District Judge Paul Borman on Friday granted a preliminary injunction forcing Johnson to have the boxes removed for the election.
Johnson, who pushed for the box, had argued that the citizenship question could prevent unqualified person from voting and committing a crime.
Borman called the box confusing and a burden on the right to vote.

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  • by Dan Location: DeWitt on Oct 11, 2012 at 06:47 PM
    @Elaine: Please explain to me how a simple check box discourages minorities and the elderly from voting. When you say something like this check box causes disenfranchisement among minorities, you're basically saying that they lack basic reading and comprehension skills. Sounds pretty racist to me.
  • by CAL Location: Michigan on Oct 11, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    Confused? I guess maybe if you have an I.Q. below 2. I don't think anyone is or would be confused as to weather they are or are not a citizen of this country. The only people that would be confused would be one's who came with their parents into the U.S. illegally but have lived here (sad to say) most of their lives. Sorry Borman, a legal citizen Knows that they are a citizen, and they are Not Confused.
  • by Elaine Location: Jackson on Oct 11, 2012 at 01:55 AM
    I think the changes the states are trying to force on the public is to slant the voting. I have plenty of ID and documents in order to vote but they are trying to discourage the elderly and minorities from voting. Let the people continue to vote and not try to put road blocks on our rights.
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