I find it hard to believe that this bill would survive a court challenge, as it would seem to be unconstitutional.
The 228-197 vote came as part of a broader debate on Democrats’ major legislative priority this year, HR 1, the “For the People Act,” which includes historic expansions of voter registration and access, as well as a major rewrite of campaign finance laws.
Most of the language about voting is contained in amendments to the constitution. Nowhere does the constitution state that voting applies to non-citizens.
A 1996 federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in federal elections, but there is no prohibition on localities, and indeed a number of jurisdictions allow it, to some extent.
Allowing non-citizens to vote at the local level would seem to potentially undermine the interests of citizens and perhaps create a disincentive to become a citizen.
“It sounds like I’m making it up. What kind of government would cancel the vote of its own citizens, and replace it with non-citizens?” said Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Texas Republican.
Giving voting rights to individuals in the country illegally, flies in the face of the rule of law. Advocating such a right seems analogous to saying wanted criminals are entitled to free food and lodging while on the lam.