Dem-controlled House passes bill allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections
The contrast between last year’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the current Democrat-controlled House could not be more apparent after the House voted to pass the “For the People Act” last week by a margin of 228-197. The bill includes a section that defends local governments allowing illegal immigrants to vote in local elections.
Yes, you read that correctly: the federal government wants to expand the right to vote — probably the most cherished right citizens hold — to people who have not earned citizenship.
To clarify, the “For The People Act” does not allow noncitizens to vote in federal elections; a 1996 law prohibits that. But there is no regulation for local governments, and indeed some cities like San Francisco have allowed undocumented immigrants who are parents or guardians of children attending schools in the city to vote in school district elections.
Takoma Park, Maryland has historically allowed noncitizen and undocumented immigrants to vote in local elections for several decades, and the Washington Times reports that as many as 40 territories have allowed noncitizens to vote since the late 1700s.
But the most telling part about the passage of this bill was who voted for it. Last year, the Republican-controlled House passed a bill that specifically decried noncitizens voting in elections. Forty-nine Democrats voted in favor of that bill. Last week, all but six Democrats voted the exact opposite way.
The difference in opinion and passage of the bill appears to be just the first step. If Democrats have transitioned from failing to decry noncitizen voting to encouraging it, the next step will be to legalize it. Of course, those who are awarded the right to vote will allow the Democrats to maintain power, which looks to be a top priority for the party.
All the talk from Democrats about a foreign nation influencing our political process is true — but it just not be Russia, and it might not be against the Democrats.