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500+ Noncitizens Register to Vote in D.C., Mostly as Democrats

D.C. has made the controversial move to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections, a direct affront to our nation's principles.

This Tuesday, the streets of Washington, D.C. saw something that ought to ruffle the feathers of every law-abiding citizen: thousands of residents turned out to vote in local elections, but for the first time, not all were citizens of this country. Thanks to the newly minted Local Resident Voting Rights Act, noncitizens—yes, you heard that right—were granted the ballot in D.C.’s municipal elections in a direct affront to our nation’s foundational principles of citizenship and the sanctity of the vote.

Under this act, anyone residing in the jurisdiction for a mere 30 days, meeting certain age and competency requirements, and not registered elsewhere in the U.S., can now influence local governmental decisions. On Election Day, the D.C. Board of Elections permitted noncitizens to establish residency through various documents. The outcome? Over 500 noncitizens registered to vote, leaning overwhelmingly Democratic, with 310 registering as Democrats, 169 as independents, and a scant 28 as Republicans. A further 16 threw in their lot with the Green Party.

The move has sparked significant backlash. In May, the House of Representatives stepped in to block this law, though it still awaits the Senate’s decision. Amidst this legal limbo, voices of dissent are rising, both from state and federal officials.

“The radical progressive Democrats in the D.C. city government couldn’t be prouder of the fact that they’re going to have illegal aliens voting in their elections,” Texas Rep. Chip Roy lambasted the decision. He voiced a concern many of us share: this could be merely the first step down a slippery slope towards noncitizens casting ballots in federal elections. It’s a classic progressive gambit—start small, then expand the breach in our electoral integrity until it’s irreparable.

Such policies not only undermine the sanctity of our electoral process but also insult every immigrant who has entered this country legally and gone through the rigorous process of earning citizenship. Voting is a sacred duty and a privilege of citizenship. To dilute this privilege by handing it to noncitizens after a mere 30 days of residence is not just irresponsible—it’s an affront to the principles this republic stands on.

As D.C. flirts dangerously with these progressive fantasies, we must ask ourselves: What are we sacrificing in the name of inclusivity? The answer, unfortunately, seems to be the very integrity of our electoral system.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.