News or Noise: San Francisco is allowing non-citizens to vote

October 25, 2018 06:11 AM

Take a look at this headline in The Press Democrat.  

"San Francisco is allowing noncitizens to vote, but few will." 


The topic has a lot of people fired up. But is it true?  

News10NBC went to San Francisco's Department of Elections' website

There is a whole page for non-citizen registration and voting. 

In 2016, San Francisco voters passed a proposition allowing non-citizens to begin voting this November but only in school board elections, and not every non-citizen can vote. 

The only non-citizens that can vote are those of "legal voting age, not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction, and who are parents, legal guardians, or legally recognized caregivers of children under the age of 19 living in San Francisco."

According to The Press Democrat's article, only 35 non-citizens have registered to vote in November's election.  

That's likely because of the 'important notice' on San Francisco's Department of Elections' website that warns, "any information you provide to the Department of Elections, including your name and address, may be obtained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other agencies."  

The notice goes on to say, "You may wish to consult with an immigration attorney before registering to vote in the San Francisco Board of Education Elections." 

So while non-citizens cannot vote in local, state or federal elections, some can take part in school board elections, making this claim is news. 


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