Maryland City Gives Illegals The Right To Vote

They’ve done it.

College Park, Maryland, has completely solved the problem of voter fraud.

The issue of illegals and other non-citizens casting ballots to affect the outcome of an election has been a top priority for local, state and national officials throughout the United States.

But the Washington D.C. suburb has solved the problem in the most disturbing and unusual way possible:

They’ve given illegals the right to vote.

They said they were going to do this earlier in the summer, as TFPP’s Seth Connell reports. They floated a proposal to allow non-citizens, green-card holders, and even illegal immigrants to vote in their local elections.

At the time, one city council member said: “I think it would be a great opportunity for us to engage more of our residents, to empower them to participate in our municipal government by allowing them to have a say in the vote. These are people, a lot of them who, they pay property taxes, they pay income taxes, their children are in the schools, and yet they are not able to have a voice in our municipal elections in things that impact their daily life.”

Another council member stated that this proposal would be a way of “bridging the divide” between citizens and non-citizens.

And they did it. On Tuesday, the city joined six other towns in allowing all “legal permanent residents” and “undocumented immigrants” to vote in municipal elections, Fox5DC reports.

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.

It 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 meeting.

There was strong opinion on both sides.

“The 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.

“Although 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.”

Believe it or not, later in the meeting, one council member urged the council to restrict the “extension” of voting rights to only green-card holders – not illegal immigrants. That was voted down.

The Constitution doesn’t have much to say about voting and voting rights – that issue is usually reserved to local governments. But is it Constitutional? Is it possible in this country that people who aren’t even citizens could be allowed the same voice in elections that citizens do?