Secretary of State's office offering voter registration for newly naturalized citizens

NOVEMBER 8, 2013Naturalization Ceremony

160 new citizens to take oath in Grand Rapids next 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 next week.

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

"Our newest citizens have followed every step in the process to naturalization and I am proud of their hard work," said Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. "I encourage them to take one more step, and that is to register and then vote."

She noted all eligible Michigan residents 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 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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