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Opportunity to register to vote comes for new citizens after naturalization ceremonies
Feb. 13, 2012
160 participants expected at February events
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Michigan Secretary of State representatives will offer
new citizens the opportunity to register to vote after two naturalization
ceremonies in Grand Rapids on Feb. 15, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced
Wednesday's ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Both events will be
held at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, 303 Pearl St. N.W. About 80 participants are
expected at each ceremony.
"I cannot understate the importance of taking the time to register to vote,"
Johnson said. "Our newest citizens have worked hard to get to this point. I
would encourage them to register so they can celebrate their freedom and have
their voices heard on Election Day."
As Michigan's chief elections officer, Johnson will have a voter registration
table on site for the convenience of the newly sworn citizens. People also may
register to vote at their local clerk's office, a Secretary of State office or
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau, part of the Department of
Homeland Security, is conducting the ceremonies.
For more information about office locations and additional services, visit
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State Twitter feed at
www.twitter.com/MichSOS and Facebook updates at
Customers also may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a
customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).
For media questions, please call Gisgie Dávila Gendreau at 517-373-2520.