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house Bill H.R. 151

Should States & Localities Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote in State or Local Elections Lose Federal Funds?

Argument in favor

Only American citizens should vote in elections, and while non-citizens are barred from voting in federal elections some local governments allow them to vote in local elections. That wrongly dilutes the voting power of U.S. citizens, so states and localities allowing non-citizen voting should lose access to federal funds.

Jason's Opinion
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03/08/2019
It is a right give only to US citizens (it is taught in US history) to vote in any election on US soil. If an non-US citizen wishes to vote then they must go through the naturalization process via the US immigration.
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tanyaraye's Opinion
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03/08/2019
People that are not legal citizens should not be voting in any of our elections.
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Constance 's Opinion
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03/08/2019
Only citizens should vote. Any foreigner that wants a part in the process should swear allegiance and become a citizen.
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Argument opposed

Non-citizens pay taxes, enroll their kids in public schools, and live in American communities. They have as much of a stake in the governance of their community as their U.S. citizen neighbors. As such, they should be allowed to vote so they have a voice in government decisions that affect their lives.

jweland's Opinion
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03/08/2019
Instances of voter fraud are incredibly few. Bigger concerns are foreign intervention with voter roll data or voting machines, as well as stoking hate and fear in attempts to suppress votes. Election fraud like what happened in NC is also a real concern that needs to be dealt with.
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Mark's Opinion
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03/08/2019
Don’t bother to pull their funding. Instead, arrest every state and local administrator involved. Try them for treason. If convicted, make high profile public examples out of them. A conviction for treason generally carries the death penalty. As it should. This bs will come to a grinding halt.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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03/08/2019
FOR THE 100th TIME. ONLY REGISTERED CITIZENS ARE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS. THIS IS THE SAME CRAP THAT KOBACH TRIED TO SELL EVERYONE ON - voter fraud. He spent Government money millions of $$$ & only found 3, which were Republicans who were registered in 2 states. Non-citizen people that cities or counties allow to vote is because those people will be personally affected by the bill in which they are voting. THAT IS NONE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S BUSINESS as long as they don’t allow those people to vote in FEDERAL ELECTIONS. RIDICULOUS THAT THIS BILL IS EVEN WASTING THE CONGRESS’ TIME.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 151?

This bill — the Eliminating Foreign Intervention in Elections Act — would prohibit the use of federal funds to make payments to local governments that allow non-citizens to vote in state or local elections. It’d require the Census Bureau to collect and publish information on which states or localities have non-citizen voting policies in place.

Impact

Noncitizens; states; local governments; federal funding; voting rights; noncitizen voting policies; and the Census Bureau.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 151

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to eliminate federal funding for any municipality that allows noncitizens to vote in local or statewide elections:

“Too many liberal, open border communities are beginning to grant noncitizens and illegal immigrants the sacred right to vote in local elections. Today, it’s local elections – next, it could be state or nationwide elections. These dangerous and egregious policies are allowing the voice of the American citizen to be watered down at the voting booth, and I believe we must fight to protect the integrity of our elections and the value of American citizenship.”

When he originally introduced this bill in the 115th Congress, Rep. Duncan said:

“Being an American citizen comes with great benefits and responsibilities, which includes voting in elections. The dangerous initiatives that have been popping up across the country that grant voting rights to illegal immigrants and noncitizens are very concerning. Allowing noncitizens to vote undermines the rights of American citizens and puts our democracy at risk. Municipalities that allow noncitizens to vote in their elections are more likely to adopt the types of radical sanctuary city policies that promote illegal activity, undermine law enforcement, and suppress the concerns of citizen voters. For generations, brave men and women have fought and died in order to protect the fundamental right of American citizens to participate in free and fair elections. Allowing noncitizens to water down the voice of American citizens at the voting booth disrespects their sacrifice and the value of American citizenship. Now more than ever, it is critical that we ensure only American citizens are casting ballots in this country. My bill to defund the localities that are adopting these policies is not only commonsense, but it is critical to retaining the integrity of the American democratic process.”

When Boston held meetings to consider the idea of allowing noncitizens to vote in July 2018, Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell, who supported extending local voting rights to non-citizens, argued that providing certain groups — including permanent legal residents, visa holders, Temporary Protected Status recipients, and Deferred Action Childhood Arrival recipients — with local voting rights could be a proactive way to empower local immigrant communities which are especially threatened by the current administration’s immigration policies and rhetoric:

“This is an opportunity for us to say, ‘No, we stand with you, we’re listening to you, and we want you to be a part of some of these conversations.”

This bill has nine Republican cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, Rep. Duncan introduced it with the support of 18 Republican cosponsors and it didn’t receive a committee vote.

In the 115th Congress, a resolution expressing the sense of the House that letting unauthorized immigrants vote diminishes the voting power of American citizens passed the House on a 279-72 vote which saw all but one Republican vote in favor with 49 Democrats, while another 69 Democrats voted present. When that resolution passed, Rep. Duncan praised it as a step in the right direction:

“As I have said time and time again, being an American citizen comes with great benefits and responsibilities, which includes voting in elections. For generations, brave men and women have fought and died in order to protect the fundamental right of American citizens to participate in free and fair elections. However, Democrats are pushing a far left agenda across the country by starting to allow noncitizens and illegal immigrants to vote in local elections. This is a very dangerous road to go down. We simply can’t allow noncitizens or illegal immigrants to water down the desires and vision of the American people. While this resolution is a critical starting point, we must do more to eliminate foreign interference in our elections. I will continue to push towards defunding municipalities and localities that allow noncitizens or illegal immigrants to vote in local or statewide elections. Let’s protect the voting booth. Let’s protect the rule of law. Let's protect American values. And let's always put America first.”


Of NoteIn 2016, San Francisco voters passed a local measure allowing any parent or legal guardian of voting age — regardless of immigration status — to vote in school board elections. In July 2018, the San Francisco Department of Elections began issuing registration forms to non-citizens for this purpose. San Francisco’s decision was meant to reflect that a third of students in public schools in that state have parents or guardians who are in the U.S. illegally, and that those parents and guardians should also have a say in their children’s educations.

While the idea of allowing non-citizens to vote may sound outlandish, proponents of the idea point out that from America’s founding up until the 1920s, 40 states and federal territories allowed non-citizens to vote. At that time, non-citizens voted in local, state, and federal elections and were permitted to — and did — hold public offices such as alderman, coroner, and school board member. In fact, for most of U.S. history, voting by noncitizens was the norm, not the exception.

Since 1990, campaigns to expand the vote to non-citizens have been launched in states as diverse as New York, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., California, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Texas.


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AKA

Eliminating Foreign Intervention in Elections Act

Official Title

To prohibit Federal payments to a unit of local government that allows individuals who are not citizens of the United States to vote in elections for State or local office, and for other purposes.

    It is a right give only to US citizens (it is taught in US history) to vote in any election on US soil. If an non-US citizen wishes to vote then they must go through the naturalization process via the US immigration.
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    Instances of voter fraud are incredibly few. Bigger concerns are foreign intervention with voter roll data or voting machines, as well as stoking hate and fear in attempts to suppress votes. Election fraud like what happened in NC is also a real concern that needs to be dealt with.
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    People that are not legal citizens should not be voting in any of our elections.
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    Don’t bother to pull their funding. Instead, arrest every state and local administrator involved. Try them for treason. If convicted, make high profile public examples out of them. A conviction for treason generally carries the death penalty. As it should. This bs will come to a grinding halt.
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    FOR THE 100th TIME. ONLY REGISTERED CITIZENS ARE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS. THIS IS THE SAME CRAP THAT KOBACH TRIED TO SELL EVERYONE ON - voter fraud. He spent Government money millions of $$$ & only found 3, which were Republicans who were registered in 2 states. Non-citizen people that cities or counties allow to vote is because those people will be personally affected by the bill in which they are voting. THAT IS NONE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S BUSINESS as long as they don’t allow those people to vote in FEDERAL ELECTIONS. RIDICULOUS THAT THIS BILL IS EVEN WASTING THE CONGRESS’ TIME.
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    Only citizens should vote. Any foreigner that wants a part in the process should swear allegiance and become a citizen.
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    Constitution says that only U.S. Citizens can what don’t the Democrats understand about this? I understand that undocumented immigrants are being taxed without representation. Here is a fix = apply for citizenship the right way. DACA recipients should get to vote though as soon as they turn 18 if they are working in the United States and they should be allowed to become United States citizens.
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    This doesn’t exist. We’ve been over this dozens of times. Even the people that have deliberately done research WANTING to find voter fraud find vanishingly tiny numbers. You’re more at risk of being hit by lightning.
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    Voting is a right if citizens. Non-citizens and felons do not have the right to vote. To much blood has been shed over this right (civil rights) and marches held (women’s rights) to diminish this by allowing anyone who happens to be in the neighborhood to have this right!
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    Citizens vote. Pretty simple.
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    Absolutely they should loose Federal dollars, this is an insult and a slap in the face of legal citizens and those who come here legally. Our founders never intended for non citizens to vote in any election. #MAGA
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    Should illegal immigrants be allowed to vote? No. That question was so easy to answer.
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    House H.R. 151 bill AKA- Eliminating Foreign Intervention in Elections Act It’s obvious that a Democrat will be opposed to H.R. 151 being passed. I’m in strong support of and recommend the passage of the House H.R. 151 bill AKA -Eliminating Foreign Intervention in Elections Act — would prohibit the use of federal funds to make payments to local governments that allow non-citizens to vote in state or local elections. It’d require the Census Bureau to collect and publish information on which states or localities have non-citizen voting policies in place. Only American citizens should vote in elections, and while non-citizens are barred from voting in federal elections some local governments allow them to vote in local elections. We’re seeing the initial rollout of non-citizens having the ability of illegal voting occurring at the local level with NO efforts of preventing illegal migrants impacting voting results in local elections. That wrongly dilutes the voting power of U.S. citizens, so states and localities allowing non-citizen voting should lose access to federal funds. SneakyPete........ 🙀👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🙀. 3*9*19..........
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    No countries allow foreigners to vote in their elections, if you’re not a citizen you are foreigner because you have not taken the oath of allegiance to be a citizen and when you have that allegiance then you can have a voice in your government.
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    And their illegal votes should NOT be certified.
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    Our country is based on citizenship. Illegals should not receive any citizen rights or benefits.
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    Amendment XV in the Constitution ratified on 03 February, 1870, & Amendment XIX ratified on 18 August, 1920 clearly address protections of voting rights in regards to “The right of ‘CITIZENS’ of the ‘UNITED STATES’”. Non-citizens do not have the Constitutional right to vote. The left has taken up tactics attempted by the pre-Civil War South, that of ‘Nullification’ of Constitutional Federal Law they did not agree with. President Andrew Jackson threatened to send Federal troops to the South to enforce what the South called the “Tariff of Abomination”. Open defiance/nullification historically tends not to end well for any country. Presidents swear to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution “, & must be allowed peaceful means in furtherance of their duties.
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    Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This bill, if passed, would likely be found unconstitutional because it violates the 10th Amendment. I find it interesting that a Republican is sponsoring a bill to limit states’ rights, since that phrase has been their mantra fo all the 36 years I have been a voter.
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    States and localities can make their own laws about whether or not non-citizens can vote in their elections. Non-citizens are only prohibited from voting in federal elections, not state or local elections! The GOP just needs to admit that they don’t like people who look different from your ordinary white American.
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    If you are not a citizen of this country, you have no say on how my village,town,city, state, or country is run or who runs it. This business of allowing illegals to run rampant is out of hand.
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