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.”