Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents they have until Monday, April 9 to register to vote in the May 8 election.

Johnson, Michigan's chief elections officer, said "this is a terrific time to register to vote if you have not yet done so. You will have a chance to make your voice heard at the polls, first by voting on local issues in May. Then later in the year you will be able to cast a ballot in elections with state and nationwide importance, like November's presidential election."

The polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. until 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.