Democrat Stacey Abrams 'Wouldn't Oppose' Non-Citizens Voting in Some Local Elections
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) said she "wouldn't oppose" non-citizens voting in local elections.
On PBS' "Firing Line," host Margaret Hoover asked Abrams what she thought about municipalities like San Francisco that have decided to allow non-citizens to vote in some local elections.
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) January 12, 2019
"I think there’s a difference between municipal and state and federal," Abrams responded. "The granularity of what cities decide is so specific, as to, I think, allow for people to be participants in the process without it somehow undermining our larger democratic ethic that says that you should be a citizen to be a part of the conversation,"
"So, in some cases, you would be supportive of non-citizens voting?" Hoover followed up.
"I wouldn’t be -- I wouldn’t oppose it," Abrams said.
Abrams added that she believes there are some cases where 16-year-olds should be allowed to cast a ballot.
"I think school board elections where kids actually got to speak to the effect of the decisions made by the school board members, the effect it has on their education," she said. "I think there is legitimate argument for having that conversation. I haven't decided where I stand on it, but I think that's a conversation we need to have.”
She also blamed “voter suppression” for her loss to Republican Brian Kemp in the gubernatorial election, claiming the election was “stolen from Georgians.”
Abrams said mail-in voting "makes a great deal of sense," and she said she would like to see it used as a "national standard."
As for speculation she could run for one of Georgia's seats in the U.S. Senate in 2020, Abrams said she will "make a decision soon."