By Juan Carols Chavez

Tampa Bay

August 21, 2020

TAMPA — For more than 300,000 people on the path to citizenship, the coronavirus may take a new toll by robbing them of their right to help choose the next president.

The federal agency in charge of processing citizenship applications stopped conducting interviews March 18, after the pandemic hit, and resumed them on a limited basis in June. That caused a backlog, aggravated recently by a $1.2 billion agency budget shortfall and potential employee furloughs.

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