Secretary of State offers opportunity for new citizens to register to vote

May 8, 2013Naturalization Ceremony

Approximately 200 expected at Dearborn naturalization event

DEARBORN, Mich. – Michigan Secretary of State representatives will offer new citizens the opportunity to register to vote after a naturalization ceremony in Dearborn, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today.

The event is Friday at the Byblos Banquet Hall, 7258 Chase Road. Approximately 200 new citizens are expected to participate in the 10 a.m. event.

"I am pleased to offer our newest citizens the opportunity to register to vote," said Johnson. "The right to vote in the United States is reserved for U.S. citizens under law and now these new citizens will be able to participate in one of our basic freedoms by casting a ballot on Election Day."

The Secretary of State's office 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 branch 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 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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