State, Congressional Lawmakers Push Policy to Ban Noncitizen Voting

Thu Feb 29, 2024 AT 10:47 AM EST

A slew of congressional and state legislation aimed at preventing noncitizen voting at all levels is being pushed across the country due to the surging migrant crisis. 

Grassroots groups, including the Americans for Citizens Voting (ACV), have supported successful legislation in six states that specify voting should be done by citizens only, with bills possible this year in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Georgia. 

“In the last few cycles, these amendments have passed in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, North Dakota, Louisiana, Ohio by an average margin of victory of 76%,” said ACV’s Paul Jacob.

And on Capitol Hill, GOP congressional lawmakers have introduced seven pieces of legislation, recently passed out of the House Administration Committee, intended to prevent non-citizen voting or foreign interference in state and municipal elections.

Americans For Citizens Voting, a group launched in 2021 that advocates for states to pass “only citizen” state constitutional amendments, says the violence from criminal migrants has sped up the process of passing “Citizens Only Voting” (COV) amendments.

The U.S. Constitution requires Americans to be citizens to vote in a federal election, but if a state’s constitution does not specifically declare that only citizens can vote, the potential of noncitizens legally voting in state and municipal elections exists. Read Full Story

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