D.C. Bill Would Allow Non-Citizens to Vote
A new bill could allow some non-citizens to vote in Washington, D.C.
The Washington Times reported:
The Local Resident Voting Rights Act of 2015 would allow D.C. residents who are not U.S. citizens but meet the federal definition of having permanent residency status to cast ballots in local elections, including races for mayor and the D.C. Council as well as initiatives and charter referendums. D.C. Council member David Grosso, at-large independent, introduced the legislation Tuesday.
In a statement announcing the introduction of the bill, Mr. Grosso cited statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau that indicate the District is home to nearly 54,000 foreign-born residents who are not naturalized U.S. citizens.
Neighboring Takoma Park also allows non-U.S. citizens to vote in local elections.
Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart and Accountability Project Co-founder Nomiki Konst debated this bill today on “Fox and Friends.”
Stewart said that the D.C. Council would “[dilute] the vote” with this bill.
“The only thing more dysfunctional in Washington than Congress is the D.C. City Council,” he said.
But Konst countered that the Constitution allows this.
“We’re not talking about voting in federal elections. These are green card-holding permanent residents who are paying taxes, their kids are going to local schools, they’re fully integrated in their community,” she said.
Konst argued that many of these non-citizens are waiting to become citizens, adding that they’re the most civically engaged members of our communities.
“This is an incredible way for them to exercise their involvement to the community as they’re waiting to become citizens,” she said.
Stewart countered, “The right to vote is the most sacred right that we have as citizens, and it is a right that is reserved for citizens.”
Watch the debate above.