GOP-led House to vote Wednesday on blocking non-citizens from voting in D.C. local elections

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Published: May 21, 2024 11:13am

The GOP-led House is set to vote Wednesday on legislation to block non-citizens from voting in Washington, D.C. local elections.

The proposed bill would "prohibit individuals who are not citizens of the United States from voting in elections in the District of Columbia."

The D.C. Council previously passed a measure to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections. Non-citizens have started registering to vote, according to the D.C. Board of Elections.

The law was upheld by a federal judge in March. 

Republican lawmakers have criticized the D.C. government for encouraging non-citizens to register to vote with postcards.

"American elections are for American citizens only," said Committee on House Administration Chairman Bryan Steil, R-Wis. "Every American deserves to have confidence in their elections, and it does not instill confidence when we see our nation's capital encourage non-citizen voting in local elections. I’m working to hold the D.C. Board of Elections accountable and stop non-citizen voting." 

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