AUGUST 24, 2012
Secretary of State mobile office visits campuses,
LANSING, Mich. – The Secretary of State's mobile office will hit the road next
week as part of a far-reaching voter registration drive to colleges,
universities and community centers across the state, Secretary of State Ruth
Johnson announced today.
Dubbed the "2012 ExpressSOS Voter Registration Drive," the tour will also help
publicize the Secretary of State's new online services at ExpressSOS.com.
"Voting is a fundamental freedom and we want everyone who wants to do so to
cast a ballot on Election Day," said Johnson. "Our mobile office will be a
convenient way for community members and college students to get registered so
they can have their vote count, their voice heard."
The deadline to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 9.
To date, the mobile office tour includes stops at 20 different colleges and
community centers, though more dates are expected to be added. The tour starts
in the Upper Peninsula with a visit to Lake Superior State University on Aug. 28
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ferris State University officials were pleased to be a part of the tour.
"The Division of Student Affairs is honored to host the Secretary of State's
voter registration tour at Ferris State University," said Leroy Wright, Ferris'
Dean of Student Life. "We value all opportunities to civically engage our
students in learning about current issues in our society, increasing their
knowledge of the candidates running for positions, and exercising their right to
cast their vote on Election Day 2012."
Johnson said the new voter registration drive will supplement other efforts
to register new voters, including:
- A postcard sent to every 18 year old on their birthday reminding them to
register to vote.
- On-the-spot voter registration for newly sworn citizens at
naturalization ceremonies across the state.
- A policy in which branch office customers who come in for personal ID or
driver's licenses are asked if they want to register to vote, provided they
are U.S. citizens. (A comparison of census data and Secretary of State
numbers indicate less than half a percent of Michigan residents do not have
a state-issued ID.)
Johnson said she hopes some of the new technology adopted by the department will
also attract new and young voters, including a new mobile version of the state's
online Michigan Voter Information Center. Smart phone users can use their phone
to see a sample ballot, find their voting location and ensure they are
registered to vote. The state also launched an iPhone app earlier this year –
called the Michigan Campaign Finance Search – so smart phone users could access
campaign contribution records.
In addition to voter registration, the mobile office serves as a full-service
branch office so customers will be able to change their address, renew their
driver's license, get their tabs or perform any other Secretary of State
Staff will be available to answer questions about voter ID, absentee ballots,
locating a sample ballot and finding their polling place.
ExpressSOS.com, launched in October, continues to offer the most popular
Secretary of State services online. Already, more than 1.5 million
ExpressSOS.com transactions have been successfully handled.
"That means more than a million people didn't have to drive to our office,
park, take a number and wait in line," said Johnson. "Customers love it. It
really is our no-wait Secretary of State."
Residents are also encouraged to visit
www.ExpressSOS.com to conduct business
online. For more information about Secretary of State office locations and
services, visit www.michigan.gov/sos. Sign up for the official Secretary of
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.
The 2012 ExpressSOS Voter Registration Drive Events
(Visits are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.)
|Lake Superior State University
Visitors Lot D
Northern Michigan University
Michigan Technological University
Memorial Union Building
Oakland Community College
Oakland Center student union - indoors
University of Michigan – Dearborn
Ferris State University
Central Michigan University
Bovee University Center
Saginaw Valley State University
Courtyard near Wickes Hall
University of Michigan – Flint
Sept. 13 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Michigan State University
Location to be determined
Kellogg Community College
Sept. 17 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
|Grand Valley State University
Academic mall near Au Sable Hall
Western Michigan University
Flagpoles at center campus
Macomb Community College
Dimitry Student Center - indoors
Wayne State University
Eastern Michigan University
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Michigan League circle drive
Wayne Community Center
4635 Howe Road
Wayne, MI 48184
Allen Park Community Center
15800 White Avenue
Allen Park, MI 48101
Lobby – indoors