MAY 19, 2010
A major U.S. county that has long offered illegal immigrants official sanctuary wants to join a handful of others around the nation in granting them voting privileges reserved for American citizens.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors wants immigrants who don’t have voting rights to cast ballots in school board elections if their children attend public schools in the northern
The former president of
Allowing them to vote in the Board of Education races would increase their involvement in their children’s education, Chiu says, and that in turn will “improve the quality of schools.” His recently introduced charter amendment is virtually identical to the 2004 proposal, which came dangerously close to being enacted.
Promoted as a “modest experiment in democracy”, that measure guarantees to empower the immigrant parents of children—many of them U.S.-born anchor babies—attending
It’s still illegal for non U.S. citizens to vote in federal or statewide elections, though a handful of jurisdictions around the country have passed measures to allow it in local contests. They include municipalities in
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