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LWV responds to citizenship query

August 2, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Recently, the League of Women Voters (of the Copper Country) was asked why it opposes efforts to require a person to declare citizenship in order to get an absentee ballot or obtain a ballot at the polling place. The answer is simple. When a person registers to vote, citizenship is proven. The additional step of requiring an affirmation every time he/she obtains a ballot is another step where a voter can be challenged and disenfranchised.

As everyone has probably noticed, these forms have become overly complex and difficult to read, and a registered voter can be challenged if the form is not completely accurate.

The League of Women Voters believes that voting is a fundamental right of citizens that must be guaranteed. LWV has been opposing legislation that creates barriers for voters. Adding a new box which, if missed or unchecked, will cause a voter to be denied a ballot is such a barrier.


Vice President for Advocacy

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