- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Voters in Florida, Colorado and Alabama enthusiastically backed a ballot initiative Tuesday to write into their state Constitutions a requirement that all voters be citizens.

With nearly all precincts reporting in Florida, the measure had nearly 80% support. It was nearly that popular in Alabama, at 78% support with 40% of precincts reporting.

Colorado trailed those high totals, but even there, more than 60% were backing the initiative.

The initiative would change state rules to say that “only U.S. citizens” can vote in elections. Currently the rules say that “every citizen” can vote.

Some analysts said the change won’t make any difference, though John Loudon, who led the effort, said they wanted to head off any future efforts to expand voting to noncitizens.



No state allows noncitizen voting on a statewide basis, but some localities, such as San Francisco in California and Takoma Park in Maryland do allow noncitizens to vote in some local elections.

But Tuesday’s votes were being cast as a sort of proxy for broader questions of immigration and assimilation, with liberal groups opposing the changes.

Democracy for America had complained that laws in each state already restricted voting to citizens. And the group warned that in Colorado, the change — which also says voters must be 18 — would strip 17-year-olds of the right to vote in primaries in a year when they would be 18 by Election Day.

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