2012-07-05 / Community

Registration deadline nears

Voters must register by July 9 for primary

LANSING – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that they have until July 9 to register to vote in the Aug. 7 state primary election.

“If you are not yet registered and want to participate in the upcoming statewide elections, the time to register is now,” said Johnson, Michigan’s chief election officer. “Please take a few moments to stop by your local clerk’s office or Secretary of State office to fill out the voter registration form. We want to ensure that every citizen who wants to do so has their vote count and their voice heard on Election Day.”

The polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To register, applicants must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and be U.S. citizens. Applicants must also be residents of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register.

Voters may register by mail, at their county, city or township clerk’s office or by visiting any Secretary of State office. The mail-in form is available at www.michigan.gov/elections. First-time voters who register by mail must vote in person in their first election, unless they hand-deliver the application to their local clerk, are 60 years old or older, are disabled or are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

To check their registration status, residents may visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at www.michigan.gov/vote. Residents can also find information there on absentee voting,

Michigan’s voter identification requirement, how to use voting equipment and how to contact their local clerk. In addition, they will find a sample ballot and map to their local polling place.

Additional election information can be found at www.michigan.gov/ elections.

For more information about voting and the Secretary of State’s Office, visit www.michigan.gov/sos.

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