Secretary of State's office bringing new citizens opportunity to register to vote

May 14, 2013Naturalization Ceremony

160 expected at Grand Rapids naturalization ceremonies

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Representatives for Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will offer new U.S. citizens the opportunity to register to vote immediately following naturalization ceremonies in Grand Rapids Thursday.

The ceremonies, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., will be held at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, 303 Pearl St. N.W. About 80 participants are expected at each ceremony.

"After all of their hard work to reach this point, I'm proud to see our newest citizens achieve this goal," said Johnson. "Now I encourage them to participate in American democracy by registering so that they may vote on Election Day."

She noted eligible Michigan citizens may also 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 which includes interviews and fingerprinting, as well as an English language and U.S. civics test.

For more information about branch office locations, hours and 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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