Effect of Delayed Naturalization Process on Voters

This year’s upcoming election is one of the most interesting political events in our nation’s history. It seems as though tensions are high, opinions are strong, and those who want to vote are eager to do so. The right to vote for president in the United States is a civic duty that many people take very seriously. When a person is granted citizenship, they are also granted the right to vote. Those who are many steps into the naturalization process are eager to complete it and finally be able to call themselves a United States citizen.

However, many soon to be citizens will not get their chance to vote in the 2016 Presidential Election. The citizenship application rate has recently skyrocketed with nearly 1 million applicants over the course of the last year alone. These high numbers have overwhelmed the immigration offices, causing delays and pushing naturalization hearing dates back. As a result, many people have missed the voter registration deadline in their state and will have to wait four years to cast their vote in a presidential election. This is a particularly important election for immigrants because the candidates have very opposing views on the subject, which is causing concern for those who have not yet received their citizenship.

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.

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