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Unfazed By Courts, Secretary Of State Says She’ll Pursue Citizen Check-Off Box After Elections

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Voting machines in Florida (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is working to ensure all Michigan voting precincts have ballot applications without a citizenship check-off box.

The effort follows a federal judge’s ruling that blocked the boxes Johnson wanted for the Nov. 6 election.

A judge last week said the added requirement would cause confusion among voters. Johnson plans to push for the issue again after this coming election.

The state legislature earlier this summer passed a bill to put the citizenship question on the ballot applications but Governor Rick Snyder vetoed it.

Civil liberties groups have said the question is an attempt to discourage people from voting and that asking people to re-affirm their citizenship is redundant.

Voters with questions about this or other election process issues are asked to the call center’s hotline at 1-800-R-VOTE.

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