Secretary of State's office will offer voter registration at Sleeping Bear Dunes naturalization ceremony

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LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Secretary of State representatives will offer new citizens the opportunity to register to vote after a naturalization ceremony overlooking Lake Michigan in Glen Arbor on Friday, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today.

Friday's ceremony will be at 10 a.m. at the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Life Saving Station and Maritime Museum, 8999 Sleeping Bear Dunes Road. Local scout troops will present the flags and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The U.S. Coast Guard from Traverse City will perform a flyover.

"This is a truly unique opportunity to become a citizen at the site of one of Michigan's beautiful natural wonders," said Johnson. "I encourage everyone to register to vote so that they can exercise one of this country's fundamental rights – to have their voice heard on Election Day."

Secretary of State representatives 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 ceremony, 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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