Welcome to the archive of The Immigrant Voting Project (IVP), a non-profit organization that functioned as a resource and network dedicated to promoting informed discussion about the practice of noncitizen immigrants during the 2000s. Immigrant voting promotes civic participation, gives voice to one of the last disenfranchised segments of the population, and increases government accountability in immigrant communities.
HISTORICALLY , noncitizens have voted in local, state and federal elections in 40 states and federal territories.
CURRENTLY , noncitizens vote in nine jurisdictions in the United states (San Francisco, seven towns in Maryland and in local school council elections in Chicago). Another four towns in Massachusetts have passed local laws but await state enabling legislation to implement. More than a dozen additional cities are—or recently have—considered restoring immigrant voting rights, including New York City, Pasadena CA, Burlington VT, Washington D.C. and Portland, Maine.