2012 "ExpressSOS" Voter Registration Drive comes to mid-Michigan universities

SEPTEMBER 7, 20122012 ExpressSOS Voter Registration Tour

Secretary Johnson encourages college students to have their
voices heard on Election Day 

LANSING, Mich. – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that the Secretary of State's Mobile Office will stop at several mid-Michigan universities next week to offer voter registration and other services to students, staff and area residents. The stop is part of the 2012 "ExpressSOS" Voter Registration Drive, which includes visits to more than 20 universities, colleges and community centers.

"I encourage every citizen who is not yet registered to vote to take a few moments and do so," Johnson said. "Voting is a fundamental freedom and responsibility in this country. Our staff will be able to offer convenient voter registration and answer any questions customers may have about the voting process."

The mobile office will visit:

  • Ferris State University from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, on Circle Drive;
  • Central Michigan University from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Bovee University Center;
  • Saginaw Valley State University from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the courtyard near Wickes Hall;
  • University of Michigan-Flint from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, on Kearsley Street;
  • Michigan State University from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, in front of the MSU Auditorium.

"As an institution of higher education, Saginaw Valley State University is committed to helping our students understand how to become civically active," said Merry Jo Brandimore, SVSU Dean of Students. "Exercising one's right to vote is the most basic act of civic engagement available to citizens of our nation. Saginaw Valley State is extremely pleased to be among those institutions of higher education on the 2012 ‘ExpressSOS' Voter Registration Drive."

The visits are part of Johnson's far-reaching efforts to register voters and educate them about what to expect on Election Day. The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 9.

The Mobile Office is a full-service branch and visitors can take care of other Secretary of State business at this event, including renewing license plate tabs, signing up to be an organ donor, and renewing driver's licenses.

Johnson encourages all customers who have Internet access to check out the department's online services at www.ExpressSOS.com before visiting any office. People can update their address and voter registration online. License plates and watercraft registrations also can be renewed online.

Johnson also reminds residents to visit the online Michigan Voter Information Center, a single, comprehensive source designed for voter convenience at www.Michigan.gov/vote. The site contains sample ballots, as well as information on absentee ballots, polling locations, voting systems and candidates. A mobile version is also available.

For more information about voting and the Secretary of State's Office, visit www.michigan.gov/sos. Sign up for the official Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/michsos and Facebook updates at www.facebook.com/michigansos.


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