Citizenship box on ballot goes to court next week

Published On: Sep 29 2012 06:52:28 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 29 2012 10:22:34 AM EDT

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has been ordered to court next week as critics try to stop the use of a citizen check-off box on the Nov. 6 ballot.
   Detroit federal Judge Paul Borman has set a hearing for Friday. A coalition of civil rights groups and labor unions is asking Borman to issue an injunction.
   The secretary of state's office is defending the citizenship box, saying voters still will be given a ballot even if they refuse to answer the citizenship question. A poll worker will read a brief statement that says a voter must be a U.S. citizen.
   State lawyers representing the secretary of state say a citizenship question could prevent an unqualified person from voting and committing a crime.


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