A bill was introduced to the Council today that would allow people who are D.C. residents but not U.S. citizens local voting rights.
The Local Resident Voting Rights Act of 2013 was introduced by Councilmembers Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 8), Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), David Grosso (I-At Large) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). The bill would amend the District of Columbia Election Code to allow non-citizens over the age of 18 who have lived in D.C. for at least 30 days and are legal permanent U.S. residents to vote in local elections. Translation: D.C. residents with a green card would be able to vote in municipal elections.
As DCist points out, six towns in Maryland already allow this. Some towns in Maryland have also looked at allowing people under 18 to vote as well. Is this just a slippery slope?