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Non-citizens now allowed to vote in Maryland city’s local elections

As the Trump administration tries to make it more difficult for Americans to vote, at least one city in Maryland is expanding ballot access in a significant way: College Park, MD wants immigrants to help shape local policy by voting.

On Tuesday evening, the College Park City Council gave non-citizens the opportunity to vote in municipal elections starting in 2019. During a four-hour debate which allowed public comment, the council passed a charter amendment on a 4-to-3 vote, with one abstention from a councilman who wanted to delay the vote. The measure now allows non-citizens — including undocumented immigrants, those holding student visas, and green card holders — to vote for the city’s officials, including mayor and council members. The measure would allow College Park residents to have their voices heard for local issues like trash pick up, snow removal, and other municipal services. …

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