Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 6, 2012

Efforts to ensure no check-off box costs clerks


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---- — LANSING (AP) — Some county clerks say efforts to ensure that all Michigan municipalities have ballot applications without a citizenship check-off box are costing them hundreds of dollars.

The effort follows a federal judge's ruling that blocked the boxes that Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson wanted for Tuesday's election.

Some counties didn't face an additional cost because they earlier didn't plan to use the check-off box. The Lansing State Journal reports that others such as Eaton and Clinton counties had to order new ones. Eaton County paid $800 while Clinton County spent about $1,000.

The check-off box incensed some voters. U.S. District Judge Paul Borman 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.