Plan Approved by Washington, DC, Democrats to Allow Illegal Immigrants to Vote

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    The Democrats on the Washington, DC, City Council have given their approval to a plan that would permit foreign nationals, including illegal immigrants, to vote in local elections.

    The D.C. City Council on Tuesday voted 12-1 in favor of a measure that allows foreign citizens, whether or not they have been granted visas or legally within the United States, to vote in local elections like school board and mayoral elections.

    “Our immigrant neighbors of all statuses participate, contribute and care about our community in our city,” the Hill reported that D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen (D) said. “They, like all DC residents, deserve a right to have a say in their government.”

    Councilwoman Mary Cheh (D) was the only one that voted against the legislation, suggesting she would have been in favor provided that the bill contained a minimum 30-day residency requirement for foreign citizens looking to register for voting.

    “I asked this question of the committee as a whole: Could someone who took the bus from Texas, or was put on the bus from Texas, or wherever, and dropped off at the vice president’s property, and then remained in the District of Columbia for 30 days and was 18 years old — could that person then vote in our local elections? And the answer was yes,” Cheh said.

    The D.C. City Council will be required to vote on it in an official vote before the bill is sent to Democrat mayor Muriel Bowser for her approval.

    In June, the Supreme Court of New York overturned a law approved by members of the New York City Council that, in a similar way, attempted to grant over a million non-citizens to cast their votes during the municipal elections.

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