Should non-citizens be allowed to vote without first becoming a legal citizen of the Unites States? The answer to this question is no! If non-citizens have the desire to vote in elections held within the boundaries of the United States of America, let them become legal citizens.
On the Voter Registration form in Massachusetts, the first question states “Are you a citizen of the United States of America?” The “National Voter Registration Act of 1993” states the following: “The Congress finds that the right of citizens of the United States to vote is a fundamental right — “
In order to register to vote in my home state of Massachusetts, a person must adhere to the following requirements:
1. Be a citizen of the United States of America;
2. Be a resident of Massachusetts; and
3. Be 18 years of age on or before election day.
It is that simple. I have ancestors on my maternal side of the family who fought in the American Revolution. They fought for their rights as citizens of a new country; they fought for my rights as I live and work in the town in which they lived so long ago. The 15th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States asserts: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State — ” The Constitution states “the right of citizens.” It does not say “non-citizens.”
Currently, Chicago allows non-citizens to vote in School Board elections. In a few towns in Maryland, non-citizens are allowed to vote in municipal elections. In the upcoming election on November 2, 2010, San Francisco has placed a question on their ballot regarding the right of non-citizens to vote in School Board elections. Portland, Maine also has a question on their ballot of November 2, 2010 asking if non-citizens who pay taxes should have the right to vote in local elections.
Citizens of the United States of America take their rights seriously. If a non-citizen whishes to apply for or become a citizen of the United States, there are certain requirements which our grandparents undertook when they became citizens. These obligations are as follows:
1. The person must be a permanent resident of the U.S.;
2. The person must have the ability to speak, read and write English;
3. The person must have a knowledge of U.S. history;
4. The person must have good moral character; and
5. The person must be loyal to the Constitution of the United States.
These are the conditions which have been in effect since our forefathers fought in the American Revolution. “We the people” demand non-citizens to take part in these requirements and not take our rights for granted.