citizenship box http://michiganradio.org en US Supreme Court ruling not likely to change Michigan's citizenship 'affirmation' for voters http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-not-likely-change-michigans-citizenship-affirmation-voters <p>Michigan voters will probably still need to affirm their citizenship before they cast ballots. &nbsp;&nbsp;That's despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling today.</p><p></p><p>The nation’s highest court struck down an Arizona law that required individuals to prove their citizenship status when they registered to vote.</p><p></p><p>Michigan requires voters to ‘affirm’ their citizenship status, but not necessarily provide proof.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:47:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 13092 at http://michiganradio.org US Supreme Court ruling not likely to change Michigan's citizenship 'affirmation' for voters New law requires Michigan voters to affirm US citizenship http://michiganradio.org/post/new-law-requires-michigan-voters-affirm-us-citizenship <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Voters must declare they are qualified to vote before getting a ballot under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.<br><br>The Republican governor signed legislation Friday containing that requirement and other election law changes.<br><br>Representatives for Snyder and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson say the leaders worked out concerns that led to his veto of similar legislation this summer. The new law doesn't include a citizen check-off box on ballot applications, which had been barred by a federal judge in the November election.<br> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10557 at http://michiganradio.org New law requires Michigan voters to affirm US citizenship Oakland County voter surprised to find citizenship checkbox on ballot application http://michiganradio.org/post/oakland-county-voter-surprised-find-citizenship-checkbox-ballot-application <p>Michigan Radio has received word that in at least one polling location voters encountered the controversial citizenship checkbox on ballot applications.</p><p>Oakland County resident Spencer Howell said that he was surprised to see the question when he went to cast his vote at Holly High School.</p><p>Howell knew of the controversy surrounding the checkbox and had a difficult time deciding whether or not to answer the question.</p><p>He decided to answer, but still thinks the question is inappropriate.</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:01:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9799 at http://michiganradio.org Oakland County voter surprised to find citizenship checkbox on ballot application In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-90 <p><strong>No citizenship box on ballot </strong></p><p>"Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says there will be no citizenship box for voters to check on ballot applications this November. Johnson says the election is getting close, so she won’t challenge a federal judge’s ruling that the citizenship question is unconstitutional. But she says there could be further legal action after the election. Johnson says she also intends to press the federal government for naturalization records to help clear voter rolls of non-citizens. She ordered the check box even after Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill to require it. No one could be denied a ballot for refusing to check the box, but Johnson says it's useful to remind people that only U.S. citizens can vote," Rick Pluta reports.<br><br><strong>DHS says foster care is getting better in Michigan</strong></p><p>"Child welfare officials say Michigan’s foster care system is getting better. Steve Yager is the director of Children’s Services for the state Department of Human Services. He told a legislative committee the state is doing a much better job of recruiting and keeping foster parents. Yager also says child welfare workers have more manageable caseloads. The state has been working to overhaul its child welfare system since 2008, after the group Children’s Rights sued the state over problems in the system," Steve Carmody reports.</p><p><strong>Michigan foreclosure rate at a five year low</strong></p><p>"Michigan’s home foreclosure rate could soon reach a milestone. A few years ago the state's foreclosure rate was near the top of the 50 state list. But Daren Bloomquist with Realty Trac says the latest data shows Michigan is poised to drop out of the top 10 possibly by the end of the year. He says Michigan’s home foreclosure rate is near a five year low," Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-falling-home-foreclosure-rate-may-reach-milestone-soon">reports. </a></p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:25:25 +0000 Emily Fox 9454 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Commentary: Citizenship and voting http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-citizenship-and-voting <p>Three days ago, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman ruled that Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson had to stop asking voters to check a box reaffirming they are a U.S. citizen before casting a ballot at their polling place during next month’s election.</p><p>His ruling was about as surprising as snow in January, and I have to confess that I have a hard time understanding where the secretary of state is coming from. This was something the governor vetoed and her own legal staff told her to keep off absentee ballots.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 11:25:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9406 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Citizenship and voting Federal judge orders removal of citizenship checkbox on Michigan ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-orders-removal-citizenship-checkbox-michigan-ballot <p>DETROIT (AP) - A judge has told Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to remove citizenship check-off boxes from November ballot applications.<br><br> U.S. District Judge Paul Borman made the ruling Friday during a hearing in Detroit. A written decision is expected Tuesday.<br><br> Borman told Johnson the boxes that ask Michigan voters to confirm their U.S. citizenship slows the voting process, is confusing and is a burden on the right to vote.<br> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 00:34:55 +0000 Jake Neher & The Associated Press 9395 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge orders removal of citizenship checkbox on Michigan ballot In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-86 <p><strong>Michigan Secretary of State in court today over citizenship checkbox</strong></p><p>"Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will be in federal court today to defend a citizenship checkbox she ordered onto November ballot applications. Election officials would ask voters to confirm their U.S. citizenship, but would not deny them a ballot if they decline to answer. A number of county clerks say it’ll cause confusion and could scare off eligible voters. Johnson says the citizenship question will help cut down on voter fraud and the number of non-citizens who receive ballots," Jake Neher <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-orders-ruth-johnson-defend-citizenship-checkbox-court">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Ambassador bridge owners say new bridge not economically feasible </strong></p><p>"Opponents of a new bridge between the U.S. and Canada say Michigan would lose about $325 million in taxes if the project goes ahead. The owners of the Ambassador bridge commissioned a study they say shows there's no need for a new bridge. Canada would pay for construction of the bridge and recoup its investment from future tolls," Rina Miller <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/bridge-owners-say-analysis-shows-new-bridge-not-economically-feasible">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Pilot program to keep kids at home, not in foster care</strong></p><p>"The state of Michigan is going to try a new approach to keep at-risk children out of the state’s foster care system. A federal waiver will allow the state to use grant dollars to start a pilot program that will try to keep children under five years old with their families rather than place them in foster homes. Steve Yager is the director of the Department of Human Services’ Children Services Administration. He says they want to avoid putting very young children through the ‘trauma’ of&nbsp; being placed in foster homes. The pilot program will start next year in Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Macomb counties. There are currently 13,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system," Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/new-program-offers-michigan-kids-alternative-foster-care">reports. </a></p><p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 11:09:58 +0000 Emily Fox 9376 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Federal judge orders Ruth Johnson to defend citizenship checkbox in court http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-orders-ruth-johnson-defend-citizenship-checkbox-court <p>Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will be in federal court Friday to defend a citizenship checkbox she ordered on November ballot applications.</p><p>Election officials would ask voters to confirm their U.S. citizenship, but would not deny them a ballot if they decline to answer.</p><p>A number of county clerks say it’ll cause confusion and could scare off eligible voters.</p><p>Andrew Nickelhoff, an attorney for the coalition against the checkbox, questions its legitimacy. &nbsp;</p><p>“We know from experience from the August primary and from information we’ve received afterward that many voters don’t think it’s appropriate, and many clerks who are administering these elections don’t think it’s appropriate,” he said.</p><p>The Secretary of State had filed a motion asking to have her election director speak on her behalf during the hearing.</p><p>The judge denied the request today, saying she had to be present in the courtroom.</p><p>Johnson says the citizenship question will help cut down on voter fraud and the number of non-citizens who receive ballots. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:54:50 +0000 Jake Neher 9373 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge orders Ruth Johnson to defend citizenship checkbox in court Citizenship box on Michigan ballot goes to court http://michiganradio.org/post/citizenship-box-michigan-ballot-goes-court <p>DETROIT (AP) - Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has been ordered to court as critics try to stop the use of a citizen check-off box on the November 6th ballot.<br><br> 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.<br><br> 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.<br> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:30:01 +0000 The Associated Press 9298 at http://michiganradio.org Citizenship box on Michigan ballot goes to court