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Council Mulls Referendum Options on Who Can Vote in City Elections

At tonight’s Council meeting, Council is scheduled to decide whether to move forward and vote on a Charter Amendment to extend the ability to vote in City elections to non-U.S. citizens.

The City Council may decide to postpone tonight’s vote until September 12th. This will allow us to discuss an advisory question for a potential referendum at the September 5th worksession. The City election is scheduled on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

A public hearing was held on July 11, 2017 and a special joint meeting of the North College Park Community Association and the West College Park Civic Association was held on August 3, 2017.

If this proposal is passed the City will create a supplemental voter list for non-United States citizens who are eligible to vote in City elections. The same restrictions that currently apply to eligibility to vote in City elections would apply to City residents on the supplemental list. Individuals 1) convicted of buying or selling votes; 2) under guardianship for mental disability and found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote; or 3) convicted of a felony and currently serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment for the conviction are ineligible to vote in municipal elections would not be permitted to vote.

Thanks to everyone who wrote to us on this important matter. If you haven’t had a chance to write to us, please send your thoughts to the Mayor and Council at cpmc@collegeparkmd.gov by 5 pm today. Thank you!

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