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

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