National Campaign for State Constitutional Amendments Declares Success for Florida 2020 Ballot with 1.5 Million Petitions “Citizen Voters” Effort Limits Voting to Citizens Only

Palm Beach County, Florida:  Formed to combat the growing trend of local governments across the country giving legal voting rights to non-citizens, Citizen Voters announced that its Florida efforts have collected over 1.5 million petition signatures – well in excess of signatures needed to qualify for the November 2020 ballot.  With this success, Florida joins Alabama where the Citizen Voters Amendment will be on the November 2020 ballot.

The North Dakota Citizen Voters Amendment passed there in November 2018, with an overwhelming 66% support.

The Citizen Voter Amendment seeks to change state Constitutions to limit voting to only citizens. The campaigns are a response to partisan efforts to give legal voting rights to non-citizens in local elections. Cities in California, Illinois, Maryland and Vermont are allowing non-citizens to legally vote. Efforts in Massachusetts, Maine, New York and elsewhere are underway to additionally allow non-citizen voting.

“We are elated that Florida citizens embraced the Citizen Voter Amendment”, said John Loudon, national co-chairman of Citizen Voters. “The 1.5 million signatures we collected is almost twice the 766,000 petitions required by Florida law and more than any initiative petition in Florida history,” said Loudon.

Citizen Voters plans to pass the measure in an additional 12 states in 2020, bringing the total to 14 states. Arizona and North Dakota already having the Constitutional protection.

Citizen petition efforts are under way in Missouri, Michigan and Colorado with other states soon to be announced. Legislative referral efforts are planned Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma and elsewhere. Florida (by initiative petition) and Alabama (by legislative referral) are the first two states to put the measure to voters on the 2020 ballot.

Neither the United States Constitution nor Florida’s Constitution specifically require US citizenship to legally vote due to inclusive language, “Every Citizen…shall be an elector…”

This inclusive phrase clarifies only who can vote in Florida, not who cannot legally vote. It is this loophole that opens the door to non-citizen voting. The Citizen Voters amendment fixes this loophole with just a three-word change. The entire amendment simply strikes the words “Every citizen…” and inserts the words, “ONLY A CITIZEN…shall be an elector…”

Del Marsh, Mac McCutcheon, Chris Pringle Shepherd Proposed Constitutional Amendment Through Alabama House and Senate

Limits Voting in Alabama Only to US Citizens
Constitutional Amendment will appear on November 2020 Ballot

MONTGOMERY, AL – A proposed constitutional amendment sponsored by Alabama Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) has passed both chambers of the Alabama legislature and will appear on the November 2020 general election ballot. The constitutional amendment, if approved by Alabama voters, will change the Alabama Constitution to limit municipal, county, state, and federal voting in Alabama only to legal citizens of the United States.

Sen. Marsh’s bill flew through the Senate without a single dissenting vote in committee and on the floor. Rep. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) carried the bill through the House committee without a single dissenting vote, and the bill passed the House without a single dissenting vote on Thursday.

“Most people don’t realize cities around the country are already opening municipal elections to non-citizen voters. This constitutional amendment will ensure that trend never comes to Alabama.”

Alabama’s constitution currently says ‘all citizens’ are electors, as does the constitution’s in the 5 states currently allowing non-citizens to vote in some of their elections. With this amendment the Alabama constitution will say ‘only citizens’ are electors,” said Josh Jones, a grassroots leader of Citizen Voters, the organization pushing for similar amendments in states around the country. Last November North Dakota passed a similar 2-word amendment, with 67% of the vote.

Nearly every state has similar language in their state constitutions. Some municipalities, including Chicago, San Francisco, New York and smaller cities in Vermont, Maryland and Massachusetts are using the “all citizens” language to allow non-citizens to vote in their elections.

“Hats off to Del Marsh and Chris Pringle, and particularly to Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia). These guys are warriors for ballot security, the rule of law, and ensuring voting remains a sacred and solemn duty of citizens only. This proposed amendment got caught up in some procedural mechanisms in the last week of the legislative session, and it looked like it might fall through the cracks. But Speaker McCutcheon instantly recognized the importance of keeping non-citizens out of Alabama voting booths, and he assured this proposed amendment was going to get a full vote on the House floor. And it passed unanimously,” Jones added.

Similar efforts are underway in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri and elsewhere.

Concluded, Jones “Our goal is to ensure every election in the United States is limited to citizens of the United States.”