DC’s Non-Citizens Could Get Right To Vote

The bill, if passed, will affect up to 50,000 District of Columbia residents.

By Carla Murphy Dec 09, 2013

More than a quarter of the District of Columbia’s City Council members are said to support a newly resurfaced bill to grant voting rights to legal immigrants who are not citizens. Nationwide, at least seven municipalities–six of which are in neighboring Maryland–have already enacted similar laws. 

In order to vote in local elections, residents must be federally-recognized legal permanent residents and live in DC at least 30 days prior to the most recent election.

Bill co-sponsor David Grosso feels confident the bill will pass this time around, owing to a more favorable climate on immigration. A similar measure co-sponsored by then council member and former mayor Adrian Fenty was defeated in 2004. 

(h/t Governing)