Voting Block

Most noncitizens can't cast a ballot, but a move is afoot to give them the right to vote. Would they use it?

James Kegley / WpN

Immigrants call for the right to go to the polls and be heard on local issues.

Earlier this year, Takoma Park, Md., A suburb of Washington with a liberal tilt, held a special election to fill a vacant city-council seat. It was the town's latest contest under a 1992 law that allows any adult resident--including noncitizens--to vote for local offices. And since the election occurred at an odd time of year, officials took extra steps to get the word out. They mailed a notice, in Spanish and English, to every home. They sent a second notice to every registered voter. Yet when Election Day came, turnout was light, especially among noncitizens: not one of them cast a...

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