Monday, October 25, 2010

Right to Vote

"Portland residents will vote Nov. 2 on a proposal to give legal residents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections, joining places like San Francisco and Chicago that have already loosened the rules or are considering it.
Noncitizens hold down jobs, pay taxes, own businesses, volunteer in the community and serve in the military, and it's only fair they be allowed to vote, Rwaganje said.
"We have immigrants who are playing key roles in different issues of this country, but they don't get the right to vote," said Rwaganje, 40, who moved to the U.S. because of political strife in his native Congo and runs a nonprofit that offers financial advice to immigrants.
Opponents of the measure say immigrants already have an avenue to cast ballots - by becoming citizens. Allowing noncitizens to vote dilutes the meaning of citizenship, they say, adding that it could lead to fraud and unfairly sway elections..." (SOURCE)

I have had people justify non-citizen voting by claiming that it was not always a requirement in the US to be a citizen to vote. The claim is true, but if you need to reach back 96+ years in it really proving your point?

So what do you think of a bill that allowed ONLY tax-paying legal residents (not illegal aliens) to vote? Is it a viable suggestion giving these people pay local and federal taxes...or just a end run to get higher voters that the DNC believes will go their way?

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