Why only Citizen Voting?
Non-Citizen Voting in the United States
Cities and counties across the country are allowing non-citizens, generally green card holders but sometimes people that are not here legally, to vote in elections.
Check out what is happening in each state
State with “only citizens can vote” laws
State voting on “only citizen voting” laws in 2023
State that Americans for Citizen Voting is working in
State/Municipality voting to allow non-citizen voting in 2023
State/Municipality has efforts to allow non-citizen vote
State/Munipality has laws allowing non-citizen voting
Current news on citizen voting
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What is citizen voting?
Most people assume that in order to vote in the United States a person must be a citizen of the United States. However, that isn’t always the case. Federal law requires citizenship in order to vote in a federal election but the law does not apply to state and local elections. Unless a state’s constitution specifically states that
only citizens can vote, the possibility of non-citizens legally voting exists. Why is citizen voting important?
Voting is a fundamental right of citizenship, and four amendments to the Constitution (15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th) specifically recognize and protect this right, guaranteeing it to citizens of all races and genders and economic means.
A plain reading of the U.S. Constitution and the states’ constitutions leads most people to assume that only citizens can vote but a handful of activist city councils have made it necessary to amend state constitutions to more clearly define voter eligibility. More activist cities will choose to allow non-citizens to vote unless action is taken now.