College Park’s Council Delays Decision on Undocumented Immigrant Voting Bill

8/9/17

By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

After much fuss, lawmakers in College Park, Md., opted not to take up a controversial proposal to let non-citizens vote in local elections.

According to WTOP, College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn said the city council would push back its vote to early September. Before the quieting development last night, College Park had grabbed national headlines for considering a city charter amendment to allow undocumented immigrants to vote in city elections, such as a mayoral and city council races, as well as referenda relating to city services like trash pickup. Undocumented residents would still have been barred from voting in state or federal elections.

While nearly a dozen other localities in Maryland allow non-citizens to vote – including nearby Hyattsville and Takoma Park – College Park would have been the state’s largest city to make such a change.

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