Boston Debates Allowing Noncitizens to Vote Days Before Mayor’s Official ‘No-Whites’ Christmas Party


Ahead of Boston Democrat Mayor Michelle Wu’s “no whites” Christmas party, the city council was seen debating whether or not to allow noncitizens to vote in city elections.

The council first discussed the issue during a December 4 council meeting when councilor Kendra Lara introduced a home rule petition to open the polls to noncitizens, Fox News reported.

“We have people who, despite not being given a voice in their local government through the ballot, have worked, sacrificed and invested in their neighborhoods, and all people should have a say in the decisions that impact their daily lives,” Lara said in the council chambers.

The council members heard from Jessie Carpenter, a city clerk for Takoma Park, Maryland, who told them her small jurisdiction had “hundreds” of noncitizens registered as voters after they began allowing noncitizens to vote.

However, it became clear that Boston — which reportedly has 672,000 residents with 28.2% being foreign-born, according to the city website — would have thousands of noncitizen voters to identify if the ordinance were passed, making record keeping a far more difficult task than it is for Takoma Park and its far fewer 17,000 residents.

Takoma Park reported that it only had 72 noncitizens cast a ballot in 2017.