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DC Considering Whether to Allow Non-Citizens to Vote

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Washignton Monumentby Barry Donnegan, Truth in Media

The Council of the District of Columbia held hearings recently to consider the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2015, a bill that would “expand the definition of ‘qualified elector’ to include [non-citizen] permanent residents for the purpose of local elections.”

In a January statement on the bill, its author, Councilmember-At-Large David Grosso, said, “‘All politics is local’ is a common phrase in the US political system and what most District residents care about are the tangible things that affect their day-to-day lives like potholes, playgrounds, taxes, snow removal, trash collection, red light cameras and more. All of these issues are important to voters in DC. Unfortunately, not all of our residents have a say in choosing the officials who make these decisions. In my opinion, that is unjust.”

DC Board of Elections executive director Clifford Tatum told WAMU, “Allowing non-citizens to vote requires the creation and maintenance of two separate voter registration rolls, as well as a system for converting voters from the non-citizen roll to the citizen roll as they become naturalized citizens. We would also be required to conduct a separate voter registration roll maintenance process.”

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