BIRMINGHAM, Ala – An atheist group on Wednesday called on a judge to end its federal lawsuit against the state of Alabama since officials revised its voter registration forms, which required an oath to God

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and Secretary of State John Merrill’s office have jointly asked a court to dismiss the case, which was filed last year on a mandatory oath for potential voters that includes the words “So help me God,” Court documents show

The updated form still includes the wording, but it also has a box that allows registrants to opt out of the religious part of the oath “because of a sincere belief” Applicants must still “swear or affirm” requirements, including being a US citizen; have the right to vote; and not be affiliated with groups that advocate the overthrow of the government

The Wisconsin-based foundation sued on behalf of four atheists who argued that the oath was a religious requirement that violated their constitutional rights One of the plaintiffs, Randall Cragun, said he refused to register to vote in state due to oath but could do so now

“It is disappointing that the state prevented me from voting in the 2020 election, but I look forward to participating in the future, and now I have a better appreciation of the value than my voice and d ‘other individual voices contribute to state,’ Cragun said in a statement

Two other people who sued, husband and wife Chris Nelson and Heather Coleman, registered to vote using the new form in March, according to a statement from the foundation

Neither Merrill’s office nor the government Kay Ivey’s office responded to emails seeking comment on the settlement

The foundation and the state, which is controlled by the Republicans, each agreed to pay their own costs in the lawsuit, in line with the dismissal request

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