Noncitizen voting makes Nov. ballot

Posted Aug. 11, 2010, at 9:51 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Residents in Maine’s largest city will vote in November on a ballot question asking whether noncitizens should be allowed to vote in city elections.

Portland’s city clerk’s office told the Portland Press Herald that the League of Young Voters turned in 5,600 signatures on Tuesday, meeting the threshold for putting the question on the ballot.

The proposed charter amendment would allow immigrants who are not U.S. citizens to vote in municipal elections if they are residents of Portland. The law would not apply to state or federal elections.

Supporters of the proposal say it’s only fair to grant voting rights to residents who pay taxes, have children enrolled in public schools and receive city services, even if they aren’t citizens.