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Federal Judge Orders Citizenship Checkbox Removed From Michigan Ballots

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said she ordered the citizenship verification to prevent voter fraud.

A citizenship checkbox ordered by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will not appear on Michigan ballots in November, a federal judge ruled Friday. 

According to a report filed by Michigan Public Radio, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman ruled that the checkbox "slows the voting process, is confusing and is a burden on the right to vote."

In a press release issued Friday evening, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) explained that a voting rights coalition, including the Clerk of Ingham County, three registered voters, the Michigan State Council and Local 517M of the SEIU and the ACLU of Michigan, filed the suit.

In July, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a portion of a new election law that would have required people to reaffirm their citizenship at the polls. In a statement published on the Secretary of State's website, Johnson said she ordered the checkbox be included on ballots in order to prevent voter fraud. 

Quoted in the SEIU release, plaintiff Glenn Rehahn of Shelby Township said the ruling "shows that nobody is above the law.

"When I tried to vote in the past, my rights were denied because I would not affirm my citizenship, which has never been in question. I shouldn't have had to jump through one more hoop to cast my ballot. This is a big victory for voting rights in Michigan because voters won't have to face the same barrier I did."

Karen H October 07, 2012 at 11:39 AM
So the plaintiff had to "jump through a hoop" when he was forced to affirm his citizenship? How hard is it to check off a box. I'll have to check to see if Judge Borman is up for reelection this year. Unions really have a problem with voter ID laws.
Bruce Sucher October 07, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Again another idiot Federal Judge plays politics instead of doing his job. He is pathetic and transparent in his ruling. Unfortunately he is appointed for life and that's why he feels he can do what hew wants. Judge Borman ought to be ashamed of his abuse of discretion!
charle October 07, 2012 at 05:34 PM
So let me understand this clearly. I can come and vote in and american election even though I am not a U.S. citizen. Simply because I get a drivers license and check off my residency as Michigan. Then sign up for a voters registration card. Even though my views toward the U.S. are totaly slanted toward changing the language and flag of the country and I'm just here so my baby can be born here instead of my home country. Is that about right?
charle October 07, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Of course

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