The right to vote in American elections has long been reserved for American citizens, with a few carve-outs, such as minors and felons. The city of College Park, MD, is set to become one of the few American municipalities that would toss that tradition aside, as the city council voted Tuesday in favor of allowing city residents who are not American citizens the right to vote in city elections.
The Maryland city becomes the sixth municipality nationwide to permit illegal immigrants to vote in local elections.
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The debate Tuesday night at the College Park City Hall became rather heated, as more than 20 people spoke on the controversial issue at the meeting.
People on both sides of the issue vented their opinions. A man who was against the idea stated that, of course, someone called him a Nazi while he was in line to speak. No surprise there, since in 2017 anyone who doesn’t take a far-left point of view is, by definition apparently, a Nazi.
Others spoke in favor of the proposal. City citizen Todd Larson said that “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.”
Technically Larson is correct. Allowing people who previously did not have the right to vote the legal right to do so does, in fact, make the process more inclusive. However, is more inclusivity always a good thing? Why not open up voting to children, so long as they live within the city?
Beth Debrosky, who took a stand against the proposal, said, “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. 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.”
2017 has seen a push to break down what it means to be an American like never before.