Portland – In a Facebook post highlighting policies that were put into effect in Portland before being imposed on the entire state of Maine, Ethan Strimling today called for non-citizens to be allowed to vote in Portland elections in 2019.
Saying “When Portland leads, the state follows” and using the term “resident voting” instead of non-citizen voting in an apparent attempt to make the policy more palatable to the general public, Strimling said, “In 2019 let’s continue by leading with Paid Sick Time, Responsible Contracting and Resident Voting.”
“When Portland leads, the state follows.”
Portland, Maine Mayor Ethan Strimling on Facebook, December 28, 2018
National liberal groups that support non-citizen voting have sought to rebrand the idea of allowing non-citizens to vote with the “resident voting” phrase in recent pushes to pass the policy.
In August, the Portland City Council referred a proposal from Councilor Pious Ali to a committee rather than immediately put the issue to a vote.
Despite many concerns about the legality of allowing non-citizens to vote, and the franchise being diminished by loosening voting requirements, the major concern for the Portland City Council appeared to be protecting the privacy of non-citizens who registered to vote.