14 U.S. Cities and Jurisdictions Currently Allow Noncitizens to Vote
While New York City’s law to allow noncitizens to vote was struck down in the courts, 14 U.S. jurisdictions have similar laws.
Fox News reports that most of those jurisdictions are located in Maryland, a blue state led by a Republican governor. The state’s constitution authorizes municipalities to allow people outside those qualifications to vote without state approval. Vermont also has two municipalities that allow noncitizen voting.
The idea has been gaining traction in other democratic strongholds such as Los Angeles, Seattle and Porland, Maine. However, some states, including Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, and North Dakota, have rule that would preemptively stop any noncitizen voting laws.
Undocumented immigrants are not allowed to vote in any of the current noncitizen voting legislation.
Some politicians argue that noncitizens contribute to their communities in vital ways and have earned the right to representation. While the contributions of legal noncitizens contribute greatly to our communities, these laws work to undermine election integrity and potentially allow foreign powers to influence U.S. elections.
Further, citizenship is a privilege, and voting is one of those privileges. Naturalized citizen and Mexican immigrant, Mayra Flores, expresses her passion for guarding voting integrity.
Local elections are just as important as national elections. These decision must only be made by American citizens. She insists that only Americans should be allowed to vote “from the top to the bottom” of the ticket.
With all the talk of voter integrity, these laws undermine the will of American citizens and dilute their voice. Ironically, many of the same politicians who support noncitizen voting, express the greatest concerns about preserving the vote and voice of minority and marginalized communities. Yet, the cities where these laws are in place largely consist of minority communities. So, these very same politicians are voting to undermine and dilute the vote of these citizens who they claim to champion.
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