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Voters Turned Away As Citizenship Box Creates Confusion At The Polls
CBS ^ | 7 Aug 2012

Posted on 08/07/2012 3:36:59 PM PDT by mandaladon

LANSING (WWJ) – Some voters have reportedly been turned away from the polls on Michigan’s primary election day for refusing to fill out the new “citizenship” box on their ballot application.

Jocelyn Bensen, Director of the Michigan Center for Election Law, said they’ve been taking calls from confused voters across the state regarding this issue. She’s criticizing the Secretary of State’s office for failing to remind clerks that voters who decline to fill out the citizenship box must still be allowed to cast a ballot.

“It has been the number one issue that we received calls on this morning,” Bensen told WWJ Newsradio 950. “And that’s why we contacted the Secretary of State’s office’s again today, urging the office to issue a clarifying statement, which they finally did at around noon.”

A spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office said clerks at “some precincts” were reminded about how to handle the citizenship question.

(Excerpt) Read more at detroit.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: elections
Civil liberties groups have said the question is an attempt to discourage people from voting and that asking people to re-affirm their cit...........................Ain't that something!
1 posted on 08/07/2012 3:37:04 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Anyone who has any doubt about their citizenship status should not be voting!


2 posted on 08/07/2012 3:39:50 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: mandaladon

reading is hard!


3 posted on 08/07/2012 3:40:22 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: reg45

I voted this morning, and I didn’t even have to think about my answer to that question. I’m highly suspicious of how many calls they got about this. And why would someone think to call her???? She is the woman who ran on the democrat ticket for SOS in the last election, so I’m skeptical.


4 posted on 08/07/2012 3:42:17 PM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: mandaladon

“Confused” about citizenship huh? They shouldn’t belong anywhere near a voting booth!


5 posted on 08/07/2012 3:42:48 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: TurboZamboni

Especially if you are an illegal immigrant who can speak English and want to vote for Obama.


6 posted on 08/07/2012 3:44:30 PM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: CountryClassSF

Only Demonrat voters are confused about their citizenship.


7 posted on 08/07/2012 3:44:58 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Fortunately this is a fight our secretary of state won over the Albino idiot who is our governor. He didn't want to do this. The fact is, the box has been there all along and the only difference is that poll workers are required to point it out.

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8 posted on 08/07/2012 3:46:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: luvbach1
Only Demonrat voters are confused about their citizenship.

...and/or about their ultimate loyalties.

9 posted on 08/07/2012 3:46:38 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: mandaladon

Either you’re a citizen, or you aren’t. It wasn’t rocket science, just color in the correct orb—Yes or no. Why should the ACLU get involved in such a simple question?

I know, it’s tough if you’re trying to lie. If a person was trying out for fraud...too bad for him.


10 posted on 08/07/2012 3:46:38 PM PDT by madison10
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To: mandaladon
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has said the question serves to clear up any confusion among some of non-U.S. Citizens who were under the impression that they could vote because they were asked to register at a Secretary of State.............Most likely these non-US citizens were told they could vote as long as they voted for Obama.
11 posted on 08/07/2012 3:50:11 PM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: mandaladon
Earlier threads about this issue.

Gov. Snyder vetoes election bills denounced as 'voter suppression' by critics

Gov. Rick Snyder expected to take 2nd look at vetoed election reform bills
12 posted on 08/07/2012 3:52:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: kevslisababy

Out of curiosity, how is the question worded?


13 posted on 08/07/2012 3:52:46 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: luvbach1
" ... for refusing to fill out the new “citizenship” box on their ballot application. "

Let me guess ...

This was a an issue that ended up on a ballot and the people of Michigan VOTED TO HAVE IT AS PART OF THE BALLOT !!

So obviously, these that are REFUSING, did not vote for it (for whatever reason) .. or didn't vote .. period !

Either way, they have no standing.

14 posted on 08/07/2012 3:55:01 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: madison10

Jocelyn Bensen was the Soros Secretary of state project candidate.

Ruth Johnson wisely ran in part against Benson being a Soros puppet and even showed Soros in campaign ads.


15 posted on 08/07/2012 3:55:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Just for the record: IMHO Governor Geek is an a$$.


16 posted on 08/07/2012 3:59:27 PM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10
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17 posted on 08/07/2012 4:03:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: mandaladon

Manufactured Crisis Alert!


18 posted on 08/07/2012 4:06:38 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: YHAOS

Manufactured Crisis Alert!
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Yes, expect a judge shortly to issue an order keeping certain polling stations in certain precincts open an additional two hours.


19 posted on 08/07/2012 4:10:35 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Pontiac

Are you a U.S. citizen? YES____ NO_____

and you color in the correct answer. They won’t let you in to the polling place unless you answer that. I asked what would happen if I answered “no” and my UPS man (he works the polls) said then you have to go see THAT lady.... and pointed out the one in charge of the process.

I’m glad they are doing it. Also glad we had to show photo ID!!


20 posted on 08/07/2012 4:35:15 PM PDT by Mrs. P (Figures can lie, and liars can figure.)
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To: House Atreides
It was pretty confusing.

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21 posted on 08/07/2012 4:36:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: mandaladon

“Civil liberties groups have said the question is an attempt to discourage people from voting”

By definition, a failure to support the basic civil structure common to virtually every nation means you’re not a “civil liberty group”.


22 posted on 08/07/2012 4:46:33 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: cripplecreek
That's too tough for most the Democrats I've ever known.

Best they take that "yes" box off there ~ just confuses them.

23 posted on 08/07/2012 4:47:00 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

LOL how pathetic do you have to be to run to the media and tell them that I’m too stupid to know if I’m a citizen or not?


24 posted on 08/07/2012 4:49:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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25 posted on 08/07/2012 5:34:51 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: cripplecreek

This is not so unusual. Most DemocRat voters don’t know their citizenship.


26 posted on 08/07/2012 5:45:02 PM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: Pontiac

It wasn’t really a question. It was just a ellipse you colored in like a test next the something worded like “I am a Citizen of the United States”. or something similar. Not exactly confusing...(if you can read and understand English)


27 posted on 08/07/2012 7:05:23 PM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: mandaladon

Open Borders
Open Elections
Open Society


28 posted on 08/07/2012 7:12:30 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: cripplecreek; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks cripplecreek. I saw it, and proudly checked “yes”. No one had to point it out to me, or assist me with my voting paperwork because I couldn’t read English.


29 posted on 08/07/2012 7:18:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: kevslisababy

That’s kind of what I figured.

And given the simplicity of the question and how I should necessarily be answered I have to agree with your assessment of Jocelyn Bensen’s radio commentary in your # 4 post.


30 posted on 08/07/2012 7:35:14 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac

Jocelyn Benson Wiki Bio

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jocelyn_Benson

I personally think this ad is the one that won the race for Ruth Johnson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOdt3gU1NAs&feature=relmfu


31 posted on 08/07/2012 7:54:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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