LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos is reminding Southwest Michigan residents that the deadline to register to vote for the November general election is next week.
“America was founded on the revolutionary idea that our government doesn’t give us power; our government only has the power that we, the people, choose to give it,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “This freedom to choose or reject our leaders makes us the beacon of liberty in the world. I encourage all citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote, which begins with ensuring that you are registered to vote.”
In Michigan, voters must be registered one month before an election. For the Nov. 6 general election, that means residents need to be registered by Oct. 9.
If you are not registered to vote or if you do not know whether you’re registered, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at: www.michigan.gov/vote. The site enables you to check your voter registration status, find your local county clerk’s office and follow a step-by-step guide to register to vote. For voters who cannot attend the polls on Nov. 6, the website also includes information about absentee voting.
Residents who are not registered can also pick up a registration form at a secretary of state branch or from their local clerk.
For more information, residents in Berrien County may also contact the county clerk’s office at 269-983-7111 ext. 8264 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Joseph County residents may contact the county clerk’s office at 269-467-5603 and residents in Cass County should call 269-445-4464.
“Every vote matters and sometimes a single vote can make all the difference,” Proos said. “I am proud that we have an engaged population in Southwest Michigan that turns out to vote.”
Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos will be available later at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/audio.