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College Park City Council receives threat over non-citizen vote proposal

College Park City Council receives threat over non-citizen vote proposal (Anna-Lysa Gayle/ABC7)

Prince George’s County police officers were on hand at College Park’s city council meeting, as a heated debate was underway.

On Tuesday night, the council was supposed to weigh in on the measure that would give non-citizens the power to vote in city elections, but they decided to delay their voting until September 12.

According to Councilmember Robert Day, the council received a threat regarding the topic; in an e-mail.

“The purpose of delaying this vote is to allow the council time to discuss having a referendum on the November ballot,” said Councilmember Christine Nagle.

Nagle first introduced the proposal that would also give undocumented immigrants the chance to vote in city elections.

“I expressed my opposition to non-citizen voting,” said Lee Havis.

“It amazes me that the people who decry foreign involvement in our elections, are the same people who are pushing for non-citizens to vote,” said one man who attended the meeting.

“I just kind of firmly believe that folks should have a say in decisions that affects their lives,” said UMD student Olivia Delaplaine who supports the proposal.

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