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Issue Alert - 04-07-14

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Date:

Jul 14, 2004

Issue Summary:

Individuals may obtain and submit voter registrations at their local FIA office

Persons Affected:

Individuals who want to register to vote

For More Information:

Michigan Poverty Law Program 611 Church Street, Suite 4A Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000(734) 998-6100(734) 998-9125 Fax


Background

All Family Independence Agency (FIA)- administered programs

What's Happening?

Voter registration information and forms (the NSP-938B) with every application form that FIA issues, as well as with any Shelter Verification forms that are sent out to applicants or recipients. FIA also must provide the voter registration information and forms upon request, and when a recipient reports a change of address. The NSP 938B form has two parts. The top part asks whether the individual wishes to register to vote. The bottom part is the actual voter registration form. The NSP-938B. along with other FIA forms, is available at www.michigan.gov/fia-forms. FIA staff must help individuals fill out the voter registration form if they ask for help. Individuals also may take the bottom portion of the form to complete by themselves. They may then mail the form directly to their County or City Clerk, or they may return it to FIA for FIA to forward it. FIA staff are required to immediately forward the forms to the Voter Registration Coordinator in their office. Each local FIA office is required to have a Voter Registration Services Coordinator. In addition, there is a Central Office Voter Registration Coordinator that can be emailed at FIA-Voter-Reg@michigan.gov. In the local offices, the Voter Registration Coordinator is required to forward completed voter registration forms to the City or County Clerk responsible for registering the particular individual. Ordinarily, the forms must be forwarded within seven calendar days. During the periods 6/23 through 7/10 of each year and 9/23 through 10/10 of each year, the forms must be forwarded within one business day. The Voter Registration Coordinator also keeps on file the top portion of the NSP-938B form, indicating whether the individual did or did not wish to register to vote.

What Should Advocates Do?

If your office provides FIA application forms to clients, be sure that you have the most recent (07/04) version of the 1171 application form, which contains the NSP-938B.

What Should Clients Do?

Clients who wish to register to vote should complete the NSP-938B and return it to their local FIA office or to the appropriate County or City clerk.Clients who are registered to vote and who have moved should file an NSP-938B to update their voter registration and be sure that they are registered to vote in the correct location.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services office handle these types of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate the "free" legal services or legal aid office that serves your county on the Michigan LawHelp web site (http://MI.LawHelp.org) or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.