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College Park City Council votes 4-3 to allow non-citizens to vote in city elections

College Park City Council votes 4-3 to allow non-citizens to vote in city elections (ABC7)

As the clock approached midnight Tuesday the College Park City Council voted 4-3 to allow non-citizens to vote in city elections even if they're illegally in the country.

The vote came after about four hours of at-times heated debate in the city council chamber.

Residents on both sides of the issue packed the room.

Council members Christine Nagle, P.J. Brennan, Monroe Dennis, and Stephanie Stullich all voted to allow non-citizens to vote.

Earlier the city council deadlocked 4-4 on whether to have a non-binding voter referendum on allowing non-citizens to vote. Mayor Patrick Wojahn cast the tie-breaking vote against having a referendum.

Council member Fazlul Kabir, who proposed an amendment asking for the voter referendum, then proposed another amendment that would have allowed non-citizens to vote if they could prove they were legally in the country.

That amendment also failed after the mayor again cast the tie-breaking vote.

Fazlul abstained from voting on allowing all non-citizens to vote.



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