Last year, USCIS was handling many naturalization applications within one year. However, during 2007, USCIS experienced a surge in the number of N-400 naturalization applications filed. USCIS has more than one million applications pending. Projections are that it could take two or three years for USCIS to work through the backlog. Many naturalization applicants who had hoped to be citizens in time to vote in the November 2008 elections will not be able to.