160 new citizens have the opportunity to register to vote after naturalization ceremonies

June 18, 2012Image: US Flag

Gerald R. Ford Museum hosts swearing-in ceremonies

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 June 20, 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.

I congratulate all new citizens on this tremendous accomplishment, and I encourage them to take this opportunity to register to vote," said Johnson. "They will have the right every citizen has, to have their vote heard and their voice count 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 www.michigan.gov/sos. Sign up for the official Secretary of State Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/michsos and Facebook updates at www.facebook.com/michigansos.

Customers also may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

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