January 26, 2023

Connecticut State Bill Would Allow Non-Citizens Right to Vote in State Elections

A bill in the Connecticut state legislature proposes to allow non-citizens to vote in state elections.

The proposed legislation would amend the state's constitution to allow all "undocumented immigrants" who reside in the state to participate in city and state votes.

"When we talk about undocumented individuals, they are part of our fabric of this nation and of the state… They're part of the community and they should have a voice," State Rep. Juan Candelaria (D) said.

"People might not be amicable to this idea, and I respect that opinion, but at least by having the process, we can have the dialogue and we can have the debate. And that's all I want," he added.

"According to, there are currently over 240,000 non-citizen immigrants living in Connecticut," WTNH-TV reported.

"The bill was referred to the Committee on Government Administrations and Elections," it added.

Many do not believe the bill will pass this time around, but the proposal has people in the state -- and nationwide -- concerned over the issue.

The move also comes as the nation's border crisis continues under the Biden administration. Over 250,000 migrant crossings were recorded in December, a record high for the month.

The state's proposal is not alone in seeking to allow non-citizens the ability to vote. Neighboring Vermont approved a similar bill in 2021, with the law now tied up in a legal dispute with the state's Republicans who claim the law is unconstitutional.

Washington, D.C., advanced its own non-citizen voting bill. Federal lawmakers have since responded with efforts to block the law from moving forward.

Source: Fox News

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