House GOP targets DC noncitizen voting law

 June 4, 2023

The GOP-controlled House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing in the coming week on attempts by Washington, D.C., to allow noncitizens to vote in some elections.

The scheduled hearing hopes to put a stop the efforts of the left to permit some noncitizens residing in Washington for as little as 30 days to vote in municipal elections.

The statement

“Congress needs to get serious about election integrity and implement a comprehensive plan to restore confidence in America’s electoral process,” Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) said in a statement.

“The American Confidence in Elections (ACE) Act is landmark legislation set to build voter confidence, equip states, protect Americans’ political speech, and ensure overdue election integrity measures for the District of Columbia," it added.

The issue

"On Feb. 9, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution to overturn the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act," Democracy Docket reported.

"The House was able to vote on the bill as a result of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which granted Congress the power to review all legislation passed by the council. Despite the House voting to overturn the bill, it became law on Feb. 23. The lawsuit filed on March 14 asks the state court to block the law and prohibit noncitizens from voting in local elections in the district," it added.

"After getting hit hard in a U.S. House vote in early February, it seemed like procedural rules related to D.C.'s lawmaking process were going to save the D.C. Council's Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022," NBC Washington reported in March.

"But the Senate parliamentarian disagrees with the D.C. Council on how those procedural rules apply, according to a spokesperson for Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.'s nonvoting representative in Congress, and that disagreement puts the bill at risk of being struck down by Congress," it continued.

The new hearing could help put a stop the bill that is part of a growing number of noncitizen voting efforts across the country.

In addition to Washington, several other states have approved or are working on ballot measures to allow noncitizens to vote in various local U.S. elections.

The concerns could add to current problems related to illegal immigration that are already a major crisis during the Biden administration.

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