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Six Maryland municipalities allow noncitizen voting. Now a seventh wants to do the same.
You may recall the old SDS maxim, “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.” Look no further than the D.C. suburbs and exurbs scattered around southern Maryland for examples of this in action. Six municipalities: Barnesville, Takoma Park, Garrett Park, Somerset, Glen Echo and Martin’s Additions currently allow (via local ordinances) non-U.S. citizens to cast regular ballots in city elections. This week, the Hyattsville City Council announced its intention to join this group with a proposal that would allow legally and illegally-present foreign nationals to cast ballots, as early as age 16. Proponents may offer explanations intended to give you the warm and fuzzies about welcoming new voices into the community debate or whatever, but that’s nonsense. If you’re new to the election integrity movement, you should learn something quick: train yourself to see the bigger, longer-term play.
Before you ask aloud, “How in the hell is this legal?!” -- the Commonwealth of Maryland allowed municipalities to determine noncitizen voting rights for local-only elections back in the 1850s. Hooray states’ rights.
But remember, we’re trying to think bigger picture. The legal issue is a shiny object. Let’s focus on the revolution. You may recall that the Supreme Court is currently mulling a case out of Texas styled Evenwel v. Abbott. Evenwel is pushing the Court to clearly define “one man, one vote” as it relates to apportioning residents in redistricting. Plaintiffs want Texas to ditch its redistricting rules based on total population and adopt a model that only counts registered voters or even citizen voting-age population. If Evenwel succeeds, there could be a domino effect for states to shake up legislative districts, at the political expense of urban, high-noncitizen areas. If you’re an urban politician keen to protect your power, these Maryland municipalities (and their forgiving state law) may offer a solution in your never-ending quest for self-preservation.
Live outside of Maryland and not sure what to do? Pay close attention over the next two years for warning signs of similar reforms in your legislature and local council. TTV will be here to help you blow the whistle.
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