Naturalization ceremonies offer 160 new citizens the opportunity to register to vote

MAY 15, 2012Image: US Flag

Swearing in takes place at Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids

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 May 16, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today.

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.

"Each person in attendance has a story to tell of the journey undertaken to get to this point," Johnson said. "I congratulate everyone on their citizenship and encourage them to take a few moments to register to vote so they can exercise their right to have their vote count and their voice 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 by mail.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau, part of the Department of Homeland Security, is conducting the ceremonies, during which residents who want to become citizens take the oath of citizenship and receive their certificate of naturalization. This follows a detailed application process including interviews, fingerprinting, and English and civics tests.

For more information about office locations and additional services, visit Sign up for the official Secretary of State Twitter feed at 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.