Secretary of State offers 160 new citizens the opportunity to register to vote

AUGUST 14, 2012Image: US Flag

Naturalization ceremonies to be held at Gerald R. Ford Museum

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Secretary of State representatives will offer new citizens the opportunity to register to vote after two naturalization ceremonies in Grand Rapids Wednesday, 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.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our newest citizens," said Johnson. "By registering to vote, they will be able to exercise a treasured, fundamental right for citizens of this country – to have their voice heard and their vote 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, at their local 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 an English and civics test.

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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