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College Park Could Allow Non-Citizens to Vote in Local Elections

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    A city in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., could soon decide to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections. News4's Shomari Stone reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017)

    A city in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., could soon decide to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections.

    The Washington Post reported that the city council of College Park, Maryland, and its mayor are expected to vote Tuesday evening. Residents have engaged in heated discussions on the possibility.

    Mayor Patrick Wojahn said the majority of residents who have submitted comments support the amendment. It would allow green-card holders, undocumented immigrants and student-visa holders to vote in local elections.

    But city council members have received harassing calls and emails since they began to discuss the issue.

    The New York Times reported in August that 10 municipalities in Maryland already allow non-citizen voting in local elections. They include Hyattsville and Mount Rainier, which changed their laws in the past year.