[Ed. – Both approaches have merit. The article cites some 40 jurisdictions that allow non-citizen voting in local elections, and it’s not for the federal government to try to prohibit that. But state governments can — and the federal government can ensure that other Americans are not on the hook to pick up the costs incurred by local votes that involve non-citizens. The federal government should also not accept balloting results for federal office from any precincts in which non-citizens are allowed to vote. I’d be happy to apply that statewide, in fact, regardless of the office.]
Forget the Russian government — foreign nationals are increasingly gaining the ability to influence American elections more directly. They’re being granted the right to vote.
From Boston, where the city council is debating the move, to San Francisco, where noncitizens gained the right earlier this month in school-board elections, jurisdictions are looking to expand the boundaries of the electorate beyond its citizens.
Several Republicans fired back this week.
Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina announced a bill that would strip federal funding from states or localities that allow noncitizens to vote in their elections. …
And former Rep. Doug Ose, California Republican, told the Los Angeles Times he’s submitted a ballot proposal to officially stop San Francisco and other California jurisdictions from allowing noncitizen voting.