Portland considers giving non-citizens right to vote
PORTLAND (WGME) – Portland city councilors are considering giving non-citizens the right to vote.
The proposal has already failed three times in the city of Portland.
This proposal, put forward by Mayor Ethan Strimling and Councilman Pious Ali, would allow those legally in the U.S., but aren't yet citizens, like asylum seekers and refugees, to vote in municipal elections.
Non-citizens can already vote in a handful of other U.S. cities, but some say it's not something we should adopt here.
The proposal would require an amendment to the city's charter, which can only be done through a citywide vote.
For those already going through the process to become U.S. citizens, they hope people will keep an open mind.
The Portland City Council is expected to hold a public hearing, as well as take a possible vote, on this subject at their August 13 council meeting.