Portland, Maine, Rejects Noncitizen Voting

WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.), November 3, 2010

Voters in Maine’s largest city have rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed legal residents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in municipal elections.

The proposal in Portland was defeated Tuesday 52 percent to 48 percent.

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The measure would have allowed noncitizens to cast ballots in school board, city council and other local issues, but not on federal or statewide matters.

Critics said {snip} that if immigrants want to vote, they should become citizens.

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