College Park: Noncitizens May Soon Be Allowed To Vote In Municipal Elections

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Noncitizens living in the United States are not allowed to vote in federal or state elections, even though they pay property taxes. There are currently 10 local governments in Maryland that permit noncitizens to vote in their local elections, including Somerset, Takoma Park, Martin’s Additions, Barnesville, Chevy Chase Sections 3 and 5, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, Mount Rainer and Hyattsville.

Beginning in 2018, San Francisco will permit noncitizen parents to vote in School Board elections.College Park is considering joining this lineup, as the city’s council and mayor have already taken up the issue, according to WTOP-FM reports.

Residents joined in on the discussion during a council meeting last week. Some of them supported the proposal, while other opposed it, saying voting is a right that only U.S. citizens should have.

The proposal will come up for a vote August 8.

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