WASHINGTON TIMES: House Votes in Favor of Illegal Immigrants Voting

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times

House Democrats voted Friday to defend localities that allow illegal immigrants to vote in their elections, turning back a GOP attempt to discourage the practice.

The vote marks a stunning reversal from just six months ago, when the chamber — then under GOP control — voted to decry illegal immigrant voting.

“We are prepared to open up the political process and let all of the people come in,” Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and hero of the civil rights movement, told colleagues as he led opposition to the GOP measure.

The 228-197 vote came as part of a broader debate on Democrats’ major legislative priority this year, HR 1, the “For the People Act,” which includes historic expansions of voter registration and access, as well as a major rewrite of campaign finance laws.

The measure would have had no practical effect even if it had passed. Illegal immigrants — and indeed noncitizens as a whole — are not legally able to participate in federal elections.

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DAILY WIRE: Democrat House Votes In Favor Of Illegal Immigrant Voting, Report Says

By Ryan Saavedra

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted on Friday to defend local governments that choose to allow illegal aliens to vote in their elections.

“The vote marks a stunning reversal from just six months ago, when the chamber — then under GOP control — voted to decry illegal immigrant voting,” The Washington Times reported. “The 228-197 vote came as part of a broader debate on Democrats’ major legislative priority this year, HR 1, the ‘For the People Act,’ which includes historic expansions of voter registration and access, as well as a major rewrite of campaign finance laws.”

“It sounds like I’m making it up,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) said. “What kind of government would cancel the vote of its own citizens, and replace it with non citizens?”

“Today I offered a motion to recommit #HR1 reaffirming that only US citizens should have the right to vote,” Crenshaw added on Twitter. “Dems rejected it. Next time you go to the ballot box, keep that in mind. The future of their party is in cities like San Fran, where illegals can vote. Let that sink in.”

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CNN: Vermont’s capital could allow noncitizens to vote in local elections

As the city clerk in the capital of one of the nation’s most liberal states, John Odum had been asked the question dozens of times: Why can’t non-citizens vote in elections? After all, they own land and pay taxes.

“I always acted like it was a strange question,” Odum, the city clerk in Montpelier, Vermont, told CNN.

But after doing some research Odum determined it’s not such “a crazy question” after all.

Odum discovered that noncitizens voted in American elections for more than 150 years, from around the time of the American Revolution up until after World War I. And even today noncitizens are voting in some local elections in a handful of US cities and towns.

So later in the month, Odum plans to hold a public hearing to gauge just how much interest is out there to allow noncitizens to vote in Montpelier’s local elections. And if the interest is there, Odum said the community would have to plot a way forward to make such an idea a reality.

It would be “just a conversation among citizens of Montpelier,” he said. “We would have to make the argument that it’s the kind decision that our community could make.”

Proposal would face many roadblocks

Odum said Vermont’s state constitution doesn’t explicitly bar noncitizens from voting in local elections. But the city’s charter would need to be changed, via a special election, to allow it in Montpelier. And then state lawmakers in Vermont would have to give it their OK.

A measure allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections could pass in liberal Montpelier, predicts Odum, who said he’s received very little pushback since word of this proposal got out.

“Nothing from inside of Montpelier,” he said. “And just a smidgen from outside the city.”

But he’s not so sure state lawmakers would go for it.

And the president of a conservative Vermont think tank doesn’t like the idea either. Rob Roper says noncitizens shouldn’t be considered permanent residents or legal voters.

“The question we have is do we want people who are not living in those communities as permanent, primary residents influencing the outcome of elections for people who do live there as permanent, primary residents,” Roper told CNN affiliate WCAX.

Odum doesn’t think that if Montpelier allowed noncitizens to vote that a horde of people from nearby Canada would flood the city to vote in its local elections. He doesn’t think the change would affect that many people at all.

“We’re talking a very small amount. Maybe a dozen, maybe not even that. It’s more about responding to those few people that are already here,” he said.

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BOSTON HERALD: Council Prez Mulls Non-Citizen Voters

By Dan Atkinson

City Council President Andrea Campbell wants to let noncitizens vote in Boston’s municipal
elections — possibly including illegal immigrants — and she’s planning to hold a hearing on the
issue.

“I want to have conversations about how noncitizens can fully participate and come out of the
shadows to do so,” Campbell said. “These residents generate millions in taxes coming from
folks who are identified as undocumented, DACA, legal permanent residents as well as having
green cards. We should be open-minded and keep it open as to how they could participate.”

Campbell is calling for a hearing on allowing noncitizens to vote in city elections. While the
hearing order focuses on immigrants who are in the country legally — including residents with
green cards or TPS designation — she wanted to “explore” the idea of letting illegal immigrants
vote as well.

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THE VILLAGE VOICE: Why Don’t We Let Non-Citizen Residents Vote?

By Felipe De La Hoz

New York has long suffered from abysmal voter turnout, and this election cycle so far hasn’t provided much cause for optimism. Hopes of a post-Trump voter engagement bump in the September primaries were dashed as 14 percent of registered Democrats turned out for the only contested mayoral primary, the lowest percentage since 2009. Primaries have lower turnouts than general elections, but if the 2013 election was any indication — at 24 percent of registered voters, it was the lowest recorded turnout in the city’s history — barely one-eighth of the city’s overall population will turn out to pick our next chief executive today.

There is, however, one very large group of people who would be especially motivated to cast
ballots in Tuesday’s election, if not for one little catch — they’re not legally allowed to. New York City has the largest foreign-born population of any city in the nation by far; of these, about 1.5 million were non-citizens as of 2011, nearly the size of the entire population of
Philadelphia. As New York faces a choice for mayor featuring two candidates who voted for Donald Trump, one of whom sued to preserve a municipal ID database that activists worry could be a tool for deportation, noncitizen immigrants are left to push and organize but not, ultimately, to decide.

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NEWSWEEK: Immigrants Are Getting the Right to Vote in Cities Across America

By John Haltiwanger

A Maryland city voted Tuesday night to enfranchise noncitizens, the latest in a growing effort to expand immigrant voting rights.

With a tie-breaking vote from the mayor, the City Council in College Park approved the measure to allow undocumented immigrants, student visa holders and residents with green cards to vote in local elections, The Washington Post reports.

Several other cities in Maryland already allow noncitizens to vote locally. Chicago and San Francisco also offer limited noncitizen voting. The trend runs counter to the anti-immigration sentiment in many areas of the country, but supporters say residents of cities and towns should have a say in how their government operates, whether they are citizens or not.

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U.S. NEWS & WORLD: City Will Allow Non-Citizens to Vote in Local Elections

A city in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has decided to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the mayor and city council of College Park, Maryland, voted to make the change Tuesday night. It expands local voting rights to undocumented immigrants, student-visa holders and residents with green-cards.

The vote occurred during a tense meeting. Residents who supported the change said it was about civil rights. Those who opposed it said voting is a privilege immigrants should earn with citizenship.

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THE WASHINGTON POST: Non-Citizens are Gaining the Right to Vote. Good.

By Joshua A. Douglas

As President Trump continues to peddle his debunked theory that millions of illegal ballots in the 2016 presidential election cost him the popular vote, his commission on voter fraud is wasting federal resources to figure out just how many non-citizens voted in our federal and state elections.

But amid all the falsehoods, there has actually been some positive news for some legal non-citizens: They are gaining the right to vote in some places.

In November, San Francisco voters approved Proposition N, which grants the right to vote in school board elections to noncitizen parents and guardians living in the city. The noncitizen voters must be at least 18 years old and cannot be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction. The law goes into effect for the November 2018 school board election.

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ONE NEWS NOW: Non-Citizens Voting: The Newest ‘Civil Right’

By Steve Jordahl

Voting is considered a privilege that comes with American citizenship but there is a
movement to give that privilege to non-citizens.

New York City and San Francisco have given non-citizens the franchise – at least in some local
elections. Six local governments in Maryland also allow resident aliens to vote, and College Park wants to be the seventh – with one additional twist, according to Bob Popper of Judicial Watch.

“What they propose to do is particularly problematic,” Popper says of College Park, “because
they would not make any distinction between legal and not-legally present non-citizens.”

College Park, a city of 32,000 in Prince George’s County, would allow citizens 28 days before
the election to register to vote, and non-citizens can register to vote within 14 days of the
election.

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THE SACRAMENTO BEE: You heard me, California: Give Non-Citizens the Right to Vote

By Joe Mathews, Zócalo Public Square

President Donald Trump claims California allowed millions of non-citizens to vote in the 2016 elections. This allegation, while totally bogus, has put California on the defensive as Trump uses the lie to justify a new federal commission devoted to making it harder for all Americans to vote.

Californians should go on offense – by embracing Trump’s ugly lie and transforming it into a beautiful civic truth. Let’s make our state more democratic – by guaranteeing California’s non-citizens the right to vote in local and state elections.

Sounds radical, right? It’s not. In this country, there is no constitutional prohibition against non-citizens voting; states decide who gets to vote. For most of American history, voting by non-citizens was commonplace. Given Trump’s threats both to immigrants and democracy, this is the moment to give the franchise back to non-citizens.

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