House approves bill reversing D.C. non-citizen voting law

by ian

House Republicans have advanced their bill to block noncitizens from voting in the nation’s capital.

The bill passed 262 to 143 yesterday, with 52 Democrats voting alongside Republicans. Washington, D.C., passed a law in 2022 permitting noncitizens to vote in local elections. Texas Rep. August Pfluger (R), who introduced yesterday’s bill, says the DC law could have a major impact as local elections are often decided by close margins.

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin led the Democratic opposition, saying “At the local level, everybody has the same basic interest.”

House Republicans are also looking to increase the penalties for noncitizens illegally voting in federal elections.