GOP Lawmakers Push Bill To Block Non-Citizen Voting in D.C.

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( – Democratic leaders in the US House have reportedly encouraged the party’s Reps. to vote against a Washington D.C. Republican bill that would prevent non-U.S. citizens from voting in local elections. The bill was expected to face a vote on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

The GOP introduced the bill, which is intended to block a district law allowing non-U.S. citizens to vote in local races. Non-citizen voting is currently illegal in federal elections.

The House GOP in the current Congress has has reportedly been known to use its narrow majority to try to reverse progressive laws.

Some Democrats have found themselves in a tight spot, considering the GOP has targeted Representatives who vote against repealing district laws on immigration and crime. 

This week’s voting isn’t the first time Republicans have forced a vote on the matter of non-citizen voting in D.C. Last February, House Republicans voted to overturn the district law 260-162, with 42 Democrats joining House Republicans to easily push through the bill. 

However, when the Senate had to vote to repeal the district law, the move didn’t gain any traction. 

Despite there being barely any chance that the Senate will vote in favor of the law or that President Joe Biden will sign off on it, the GOP is using it as part of their campaign strategy. Will Reinert, a spokesperson for the National Republican Congressional Committee, claimed that Democrats are “on the record” for supporting voting rights for undocumented migrants and that it won’t help them to make an about-face now.

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