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October 13, 2012

SOS works to ensure check-off box is gone

LANSING — The office of Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is working to ensure that all Michigan municipalities 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.

In a bulletin to clerks Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reported that Johnson's office said it is considering its available options to make sure cities, townships and others have forms without the citizenship question for voters to fill out. Clerks were advised to monitor their email for information.

The check-off box incensed some voters. U.S. District Judge Paul Borman on last week granted an injunction.

Johnson, who pushed for the box, had argued that the citizenship question could prevent unqualified person from voting and committing a crime.

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