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

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    A city in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has decided to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017)

    A city in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has decided to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections.

    In a heated session that went on for hours, the city council of College Park, Maryland, approved a bill Tuesday that allows non-citizens to vote. The controversial decision came down just before midnight. 

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

    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.