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With Naturalizations On Hold, Potential New Voters Sit On Sidelines

An estimated 860,000 people were set to become citizens this year — with many also expected to become first-time voters. But the pandemic has put a temporary halt to naturalization ceremonies.

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Corrected: May 27, 2020 at 10:00 PM MDT
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that USCIS has administered virtual naturalization ceremonies in the past. The agency says it has never conducted a ceremony without the applicant being physically present.
Ashley Lopez joined KUT in January 2016. She covers politics and health care, and is part of the NPR-Kaiser Health News reporting collaborative. Previously she worked as a reporter at public radio stations in Louisville, Ky.; Miami and Fort Myers, Fla., where she won a National Edward R. Murrow Award.