New Haven Mayor Wants to Give Illegal Immigrants the Right to Vote
New Haven to propose allowing non-citizen immigrants to vote in municipal elections
December 14, 2011 – By Mary E. O’Leary – New Haven Register
NEW HAVEN — New Haven is taking its immigrant-friendly approach one step further and has proposed allowing non-citizen residents, including those who are undocumented, to vote in municipal elections.
The proposal is part of a package it will submit to state lawmakers for the session that starts in February.
Mayor John DeStefano Jr. Tuesday said the impetus behind the proposal is “to build a more engaged participatory community” and it follows the example of other cities that have already done this.
Chicago is an example of a city that allows all residents, regardless of legal status, to vote on school issues.
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The mayor said non-citizens are stereotypically thought of as coming from south of the border, but immigrants in the city are is more diverse than that.
“If you live here, you pay taxes here and send your kids to school here, you should be able to vote,” DeStefano said.
Asked how undocumented residents pay taxes, DeStefano said they do indirectly by paying rent and also by paying car taxes, although restricting voting to those who pay taxes has been outlawed for some time.
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