The City of College Park, Maryland, will hold a council vote on August 8th to determine if non-citizens – including illegal immigrants – will be able to vote in local elections.
During a council meeting on June 7th, officials debated the best manner in which to eliminate the citizenship requirement to vote.
In discussing another municipality, one council member said College Park should follow suit.
“They do not ask and do not care if the resident is in their city legally or not,” they claimed.
College Park’s mayor and council are considering a move to allow residents who are not United States citizens to vote in local elections.
The move would require change the city’s charter amendment, but College Park would not be alone in allowing noncitizens to vote in municipal elections. Other Maryland municipalities that allow residents who are not citizens to vote include Takoma Park, Hyattsville, Somerset, Glen Echo, Martin’s Additions and most recently, Mt. Rainier.
College Park, sadly, is becoming more the norm than the exception in the state of Maryland.
As previously mentioned, numerous other cities and towns in Maryland have done away with citizenship requirements for voting.
An election integrity watchdog group discovered instances of “massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens” in Frederick County in 2014.
The group alleged that the manner in which these illegal votes were cast was something that likely happened throughout the state, and believed it had been occurring for years.
Alarmed that PG County College Park following in footsteps of MC Takoma Pk, considering allowing non-citizens vote.
— Dick Jurgena (@EndOneParty) July 14, 2017
One citizen of College Park, Laurence Provost, said he opposes the new measure to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections.
“Voting is a right, but it is also a privilege and there are standards for voting,” Provost said. “Citizenship is special.”
Not to Democrats. Citizenship is just an artificial barrier to inflating their voter rolls.
Are you outraged at a city allowing non-citizens to vote in their elections? Would you accept this in your town?