Republican Promises to Axe Non-Citizen Voting Law

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( – House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-MN, has vowed that congressional Republicans would block the D.C. city council’s law which would allow non-citizen residents to vote in local elections.

The City Council passed the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act despite the criticisms regarding noncitizens, including illegal immigrants being given the right to vote as part of the act. Congress had a 30-day review period, which lawmakers have been using to stop the law from going into effect. The review period ended last week, which means that regardless of the House pushing for a resolution to block the D.C. law, the Senate has now run out of time as the review period has ended.

The bill, introduced by council member Charles Allen, states that residents of Washington, D.C. who have lived in the area for more than 30 dates and are otherwise qualified to vote will be allowed to vote in local elections.

Prior to the Oct. 6, 2022 vote on the bill, Allen had stated that the bill aligns with “D.C. values and this council’s history of expanding the right to vote.”

Despite this, Republicans have tried to block the law that would allow immigrants to vote so long as they have resided in the area for 30 days. House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-K.Y., first introduced a disapproval resolution in January. As he noted, voting is a constitutional right that needs to be protected. He proceeded to call the bill “reckless” as it would be “an attack on the foundation of this republic.”

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