LANSING (WWJ) – Applications for a ballot during Tuesday’s election asked Michigan voters to affirm their U.S. citizenship.
When filling out an application for a ballot, a new question was added: Are you a United States citizen? Yes or no.READ MORE: Juneteenth Not Only a Holiday At The Barack Obama Leadership Academy, Its Part Of The Curriculum, And Has Been Over 20 Years
Civil liberties groups say the question is an attempt to discourage people from voting. But Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says they have a bill pending in Lansing to make the citizenship affirmation mandatory.
According to Johnson, some of those non-U.S. Citizens were under the impression that they could vote because they were asked to register at a Secretary of State.READ MORE: Michigan Reports 162 New COVID-19 Cases, 14 Deaths
“We’re going to continue to try and get that in law, rather than just an administration rule, that would put in place a citizenship question before you get your ballot,” Johnson said.
“We’ve encountered two counties so far and we’ve found over a dozen people that checked off that they weren’t citizens but came to vote,” she said, adding that a permanent resident in Kalamazoo faces deportation because he voted.MORE NEWS: Farmington Hills Fire Department To Offer CPR Class On July 15
A spokeswoman from the American Civil Liberties Union says asking people to re-affirm their citizenship is redundant.