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Should Non-Citizens Vote?

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“A lot of people would like to say this is an immigration issue. It’s really not,” offered Gary Emineth, the head of North Dakotans for Citizen Voting and a candidate for state senator.  

“It’s really about preserving the right for U.S. citizens, and in our case, North Dakota residents, to only be the voters in all elections across the state of North Dakota,” added Emineth. “And that’s why we want it in the constitution.”

Turning in more than 35,000 voter signatures on petitions last Friday, Emineth and others placed a constitutional amendment on this November’s ballot that, if passed, would make voting the exclusive right of U.S. citizens in North Dakota.

Elsewhere in the country, Emineth points out, non-citizens are already voting — in Chicago and San Francisco, and in 11 cities across Maryland. Moreover, campaigns are underway across the country to give non-citizens the vote — in California, Connecticut, New York City, Boston and Montpelier, Vermont.

Opponents claim the North Dakota measure is completely unnecessary, as the state doesn’t currently allow non-citizens to cast a ballot, nor has any city yet attempted to allow non-citizens to vote. But Emineth’s goal is to keep it that way.

Moreover, University of North Dakota Law Professor Steven Morrison acknowledged to The Forum in Fargo that “the proposed amendment does clean up what could be a grammatical loophole since the word ‘every’ doesn’t conclusively exclude non-citizens from voting. . . .”

It is a very simple proposition: Do you want voting to be the exclusive right of U.S. citizens? Or should non-citizens be allowed to vote?

Coming to a ballot near and Fargo.*

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.


* With some help from Liberty Initiative Fund.


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  1. A question about the initiative:

    Does it also exempt those non-citizens from the various taxes that South Dakota and its various subdivisions levy?

    “No taxation without representation.” I’m sure I’ve heard that somewhere.

  2. jatr4 says:

    Just another fucking REPUBLIKOOK with nothing better to do!

  3. Jay Delancy says:

    If the facts even matter to your readers… North Dakota doesn’t require voter registration, so this problem is bigger than just non-citizen voters. All of those temporary residents who lived out west, in travel trailers, while they worked in the natural gas fields could vote. While the politician is throwing red meat to some voters over the immigration issue, the second order of effect will be a process of voter registration that will require the state to increase the election administration bureaucracy as they enforce residency laws. And BTW…SCOTUS has always affirmed it as being within the purview of a state to lock down the voter rolls up to 30 days before an election in order for the state to ascertain the residency of their voters. Only so-called “Progressive” states circumvent those rules with something called Same-Day Registration…which is an invitation for fraud.

  4. Ken Howe says:

    People who are not vested in something should not be able to change that something. those who vote only to get more from.the government are in that group as well. Non citizens should have no voice in elections. When they become citizens, they then have the responsibilities and rights of citizens. Not before. Can I come to your house and change your life stule?

  5. Jatr4 says:

    He wants it in the constitution.  He is a grandstanding piece of shit!

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