BOSTON (AP) — Non-U.S. citizens living in the country legally may one day be allowed to vote in Boston elections.

The City Council is holding a hearing Tuesday on the idea at the request of Council President Andrea Campbell. The council is considering ways to make city elections more inclusive, including allowing immigrants with legal status in the country the right to vote in municipal races.

That could include legal permanent residents, visa holders and those on Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Campbell’s order for a hearing says Boston has more than 190,000 foreign-born residents, which represents 28 percent of the city population. It also says non-U.S. citizens paid $116 million in state and local taxes and generated over $3.4 billion in spending according to a 2015 city report.

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Comments (2)
  1. John Ciccone says:

    It’s just another way the radicals in the Democratic party scheme to increase their voter base. If Council President Campbell thought for a second that the non citizens would vote for Conservative or even moderate candidates and non left wing issues and policies, she would never make such a proposal and most voters are smart enough to understand this. It’s not about making elections ‘more inclusive’, it’s about desperately trying to increase their shrinking voter base because their liberal ideas are losing support among an increasing number of American citizens.

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