At Take Back Our Republic, we want all citizens to be able to vote. We want high voter participation, and we want it to be easy to cast a ballot and impossible to cheat. We want a system that all citizens can feel confident about.
But, one Maryland town wants to take it further.
Chevy Chase’s Town Council “voted unanimously to give voting rights to adults with green cards, those in the country for diplomatic purposes or those working toward U.S. citizenship.”
Two years of hearings preceded the votes, and the town’s leadership was sympathetic to those in their community that were eager to participate but lacked citizenship. The new privileges will extend to local elections only.
While we support the objective, we are concerned by such a movement. We firmly believe that voting is for citizens and should remain that way. Streamlining the process for citizenship and encouraging more residents to become citizens should be a priority so that we can then welcome them to the ranks of voters.
What do you think? Is Chevy Chase going to far? Or, should non-citizens be able to vote in our communities or, perhaps, beyond? What do you think? Join the conversation at: https://www.facebook.com/takebackorg/.