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Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger calls for election reform to keep non-citizens from voting

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called for election reform in his state to ensure non-citizens are not able to vote in local elections, as they have recently been allowed to do in New York City. 

On the heels of New York City’s announcement that it will allow 800,000 non-citizens to vote in local elections, Raffensperger reiterated his desire for election reform in Georgia to make sure only US citizens are able to vote in The Peach State.

“Only American citizens should be allowed to cast a ballot. We can’t run the risk that special interests one day succeed in giving noncitizens a say in our laws, taxes and representatives the way they have in other states,” he said.

New York, along with eleven towns in Maryland and two in Vermont, allows non-citizens to vote only in local elections, but not in state or federal elections. The ability to vote in municipal elections as a non-citizen is reserved for green card holders and other legal residents of the United States, including DACA recipients.

The reforms Raffensperger is proposing include putting the issue on the ballot in Georgia for the midterms, and asking Georgians to vote to ratify an amendment that would allow only US citizens to vote in municipal and other elections.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: POLITICO

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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