Contemporary Movements in Texas
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(from Suffrage Universel)
April 19, 2004
Immigrants’ voting rights becoming a major issue
By KIM COBB
People who are not U.S. citizens cannot vote in most American elections. But there’s a movement brewing to allow legal immigrants to vote in local
elections in New York City. As many as 1 million New Yorkers could qualify. America’s largest foreign-born populations are concentrated in six states.
The Texas Election Code required voters to be U.S. citizens as of 1921. That constitutional amendment took the vote from immigrants, who had been allowed to cast ballots since 1869.
State Rep. Robert Alonzo, D-Dallas, couldn’t raise any support for non-citizen voting when he introduced his proposed legislation in 1995. But he still thinks it’s worth pursuing. READ MORE…