Councilmembers move forward with non-US citizens voting rights bill

3:05 PM, Dec 3, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Councilmember Tommy Wells and three other Councilmembers are moving forward with a bill which will provide voting rights to non-US citizens who are residents of the District, they said in a press release. 

The bill called the "Local Resident Voting Rights Act of 2013" will allow anyone who is a District resident over the age of 18 and who has been living here over 30 days or more, to be able to take part in local elections. 

There are currently around 53,975 residents in the District who were not born here and over 90% of that population is 18 years of age or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

In a press release, Councilmember Tommy Wells said, "DC residents know all too well what it means to be denied equal voting rights in the United States. It goes without question that every resident of DC deserves a vote and a voice in our local government.  DC needs to be a great place for everyone to live, work and raise a family. No one should be denied these basic rights."

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