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Naturalization ceremonies offer opportunity for new citizens to register to vote
MAR. 19, 2012
Approximately 250 citizens expected at March 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, March 23 at Byblos Banquet Hall, 7258 Chase Road at 10 a.m. Approximately 250 new citizens are expected to participate.
"I'm so pleased to be able to offer our newest citizens this opportunity," Johnson said. "I encourage everyone first register to vote and then cast ballots to make their voices heard."
As Michigan's chief election officer, Johnson 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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