Maryland town will allow non-citizens to vote in local elections
College Park, Maryland will become the seventh town in the U.S. to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections.
College Park joins six other towns in allowing legal permanent residents and undocumented immigrants to vote in municipal elections.
The council's vote on this issue was supposed to happen back in August, but it was postponed due to threatsmade 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.
One man against the proposal came to the podium saying he was called a Nazi while waiting in line to voice his opinion.
"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."
I guess we know which party controls the council.
This is an insult to every citizen in the United States. Citizenship has now been degraded to the point where it is almost meaningless. "Self-determination" is one of the most precious rights enjoyed by citizens, but it is cheapened beyond measure when the right to vote is granted to people who are not stakeholders in the community.
The rest of the world is clamoring to have a say in the U.S. presidential election. Why not give them all mail-in ballots and let them decide who should govern? That's where we're headed if this ridiculous trend continues.