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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