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can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 06, 2018 05:39AM
I am referring to LEGAL residents, such as those with green card or even those here who work legally on work visas.

I know that they cannot vote for US elections (president, congress), but what about local elections such as mayor, city council, board of educations, or even state elections such as governor, state representative, sheriff, state attorney? can they vote in those elections?

I don't know if this is allowed, and if it is, I don't know how it could ve implemented, since they would need a separate ballot I guess.

Thanks
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Re: can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: MarkD
Date: November 06, 2018 06:12AM
States and the feds control who gets to vote. Some local elections allow non-citizens to vote. (San Fransisco school elections. The State of Maryland allows some non-citizens in local elections. A quick reference for all the states is at Wikipedia, "Right of Foreigners to vote in the US."
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Re: can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 06, 2018 06:15AM
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Re: can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: November 06, 2018 08:53AM
There are no federal elections. ALL elections are conducted by the states, and simply choose who represents the states (or parts of it). Some are for who represents the state in the Senate; some for who represents a part of it in the House; some for who will represent the state in the Electoral College.

So, the answer is that it depends on the state—but generally, no.
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Re: can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 06, 2018 08:55AM
....local or loco......???



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Re: can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 06, 2018 09:15AM
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Mr Downtown
There are no federal elections. ALL elections are conducted by the states, and simply choose who represents the states (or parts of it). Some are for who represents the state in the Senate; some for who represents a part of it in the House; some for who will represent the state in the Electoral College.

So, the answer is that it depends on the state—but generally, no.

I believe it is illegal for non citizens to vote for the electoral college and thus indirectly for president.
If there were some states that allow Legal residents (non citizens) to vote in the electoral college, I would like to know.
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Re: can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 06, 2018 09:20AM
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MarkD
States and the feds control who gets to vote. Some local elections allow non-citizens to vote. (San Fransisco school elections. The State of Maryland allows some non-citizens in local elections. A quick reference for all the states is at Wikipedia, "Right of Foreigners to vote in the US."

Thanks, that is a very good article.
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Re: can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: November 06, 2018 12:30PM
Also, some jurisdictions allow minors to vote in primary and local elections. Why wait until someone is out of secondary school before letting them practice their civic skills?



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Re: can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: hal
Date: November 06, 2018 03:01PM
I didn't know any of this... interesting.
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Re: can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: November 06, 2018 03:59PM
raises the question...
Can US citizens vote in any other nation's elections (w/o dual citizenship)?



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Re: can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: November 07, 2018 09:59AM
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MrNoBody
raises the question...
Can US citizens vote in any other nation's elections (w/o dual citizenship)?

It sounds like you are asking whether any other countries allow people to vote in their elections without being citizens. Interesting question.

If they are dual citizens, U.S. citizens are permitted to vote in foreign elections, provided that swearing allegiance to a foreign power is not a requirement to vote.



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Re: can non-US citizens vote in LOCAL elections?
Posted by: fauch
Date: November 08, 2018 04:38PM
Depends on whether you are dead or not...
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