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College Park Will Allow Non-Citizens to Vote in Local Elections

13 Septembre 2017

Under the new policy, green-card holders, undocumented immigrants and student-visa holders are all allowed to vote in local elections.

The College Park City Council voted Tuesday night to allow non-citizens to vote in city elections, even if they're in the country illegally. "I'm hoping that we won't have the circus around it that we had last time". Residents who supported the change said it was about civil rights. The room was packed with people on both sides of the issue.

College Park now joins at least 10 other municipalities in Maryland, which have allowed non-citizen voting in local elections, including Hyatsville, Mount Rainier, Chevy Chase, Glen Echo, and Takoma Park.

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The vote passed 4 to 3 after a heated four hour meeting.

"The reality is allowing all people to vote in municipal elections is going to make College Park more inclusive, and that has been the history of voting rights expansion in the United States and what has happened in our neighbors in Maryland who have expanded voting rights to non-U.S. citizens", he said, Fox 5 DC reported. The suggestion was not accepted.