New citizens have opportunity to register to vote after naturalization event in Troy

NOVEMBER 19, 2013Naturalization Ceremony

Secretary of State's office to have representatives on site

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

The event is Friday at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 East Maple Road. Approximately 150 new citizens are expected to participate in the 10 a.m. event.

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

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.

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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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