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09/13/2017, 15:23:17

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College Park to allow non-US citizens the right to vote in local elections


- The College Park City Council has voted in favor of a measure that
would allow city residents who are not U.S. citizens to vote in local

College Park joins six other towns in allowing legal
permanent residents and undocumented immigrants to vote in municipal

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The council's vote on this issue was supposed to happen back in August, but it was postponed due to threats made to council members over the proposal.

was a very contentious debate inside College Park City Hall as almost
two dozen people signed up to speak on the matter during Tuesday night’s

One man against the proposal came to the podium saying he was called a Nazi while waiting in line to voice his opinion.

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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,” said Todd Larson, who is in favor of the proposal.

you come up here and you say that there are hundreds of citizens and
residents of College Park that are for this charter, I can tell you that
there are thousands against it,” said Beth DeBosky, who is against
non-citizen voting. “Voting is a right of the citizens. It's plain and
clear. It's constitutional. It's also written at the state level and it
also belongs at the local level.”

into the meeting, a council member proposed a new amendment that would
only allow green card holders to vote and exclude undocumented
immigrants. However, the vote on the green card amendment failed.


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