New citizens have opportunity to register to vote thanks to Secretary of State's office

AUGUST 19, 2013Naturalization Ceremony

240 new citizens to take oath in Grand Rapids this week

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michigan Secretary of State representatives will offer new U.S. citizens the opportunity to register to vote immediately following their naturalization ceremonies in Grand Rapids this week.

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

"This is an exciting day for our newest citizens," said Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. "After all their hard work, they have earned the right to register and then vote on Election Day. I encourage everyone who is eligible to do so."

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.

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