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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 10/25/2010

Hyattsville: voting rights for non-citizens?

By Washington Post editors

A Hyattsville official wants to extend municipal voting rights to non-citizen residents, a move he hopes will help integrate the city's Hispanic population, The Gazette reports.

"Immigrants ... are making great contributions to this country," said City Council member Carlos Lizanne (Ward 4). "They pay taxes like everybody else."

The measure would only apply to legal residents, and would not allow them to vote in state or federal elections, said Lizanne, who came to the U.S. from El Salvador more than 40 years ago. Voting rights would be an incentive for non-citizens to take an active role in the community, he said.

Data from the 2000 U.S. Census estimates the percentage of foreign-born residents living in Hyattsville at 24.5 percent. A similar measure has been in effect in Takoma Park since 1993, but the non-citizen turnout in subsequent elections has always been low, said Takoma Park City Clerk Jessie Carpenter.

Read more on Carlos Lizanne's effort to give voting rights to non-citizen residents in Hyattsville in The Gazette.

By Washington Post editors  | October 25, 2010; 10:58 AM ET
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WTF?!! Don't you have to be a citizen to vote?!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 25, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

No. No it wouldn't build a sense of community-it would empower people, who have for whatever reason, have disregarded the laws and regulations that are already in place. The way that non-citizens pay taxes is in sales tax (like as tourists we would do in their native countries) or through identity theft. To pay taxes you must have documentation for proof of a green card, resident alien-one has not "overstayed" their visa, or a social security number. So are we to believe that more than one person can have a social security number at the same time?
It is already an injustice that illegal aliens can have their children taken care of in every way. The citizens of this country have been told for years to only have the number of kids that you can love AND support. Yes, we all want to make the world a better place but I have one child that I pay to feed, have child care, insurance, enrichment and so on-I choose not to have anymore because I can't afford to. All over Hyattsville you will see pregnant women with two and three little kids-how do they feed them? Guess what, we all do. When "immigrant groups" start telling people to use birth control religiously, watch ALL of their kids, pay for quality care and enrichment-much less the basics, I will believe that people really want to come here for a better life. All I'm seeing right now is greedy race baiters looking for ways to keep a job.

Posted by: stopthemadness | October 25, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

In other words, continue to reward people who game the system!

I've read the articles about these people who, citing various excuses, live in the U.S. but don't necessarily have jobs or speak English -- but will not properly apply for citizenship. One guy said he wanted to have some say in the school his children attend. Well, he is not a tax-payer, since he doesn't work. He does not merit a voice in our system.

This is a very obvious bid to create instant voters for the Democrats -- and a clear attempt to cheapen the value of U.S. citizenship and the voting rights of citizens.

Also, as stopthemadness indicates in the comment above, identity theft and abuse are rife in the non-citizen "community," and the indulgence that is shown to these law-breakers must stop. It is bad enough that we have to support whole (and growing) illegal alien families who come here to abuse our welfare systems and resources. It is outrageous to suggest that now voting should be another of their "gimmes."

Voting is sacred to citizens. Non-citizens, whether legal or illegal, MUST NOT be given the right to vote.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | October 26, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

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