San Francisco Opens Non-Citizen Voting


San Francisco’s Department of Elections has begun registering non-U.S. citizens to vote in the city’s school board elections.

As Bay Area public radio station KQED reported, San Francisco voters passed Proposition N in 2016, giving non-citizens the ability to vote in some local elections. Similar measures had failed on two previous attempts.

Non-citizen voting in school board elections has also been approved in Chicago, Illinois, and Cambridge, Massachusets, according to CBS San Francisco.

If you are not a United States citizen and meet the requirements below, you may register and vote in the San Francisco School Board election on November 6, 2018.

Resident of San Francisco and do not plan to move before November 6, 2018

At least 18 years old on November 6, 2018

Parent, legal guardian, or caregiver* of a child under 19

Not in state or federal prison, or on parole for the conviction of a felony

Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court

Notably, illegal aliens are eligible to vote. The Department of Elections website warns that information supplied during voter registration may be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It adds: “In addition, if you apply for naturalization, you will be asked whether you have ever registered or voted in a federal, state, or local election in the United States.”

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