Portland Maine Archive

  • Legal resident voting advocates regroup

    Legal resident voting advocates regroup

    By David Carkhuff Dec 15, 2010 12:00 am Supporters of an initiative to allow Portland residents who are not United States citizens to vote in local elections are regrouping after a narrow loss at the polls on Nov. 2. Supporters of “Question No. 4, a Charter Amendment” took heart in gaining 11,256 “yes” votes, for [...]

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  • The Portland Maine Voting Rights Initiative

    The Portland Maine Voting Rights Initiative

    The campaign was nominated for the Most Valuable Experiment Award by NOI!  More information

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  • Bucking Anti-Immigrant Trend, Some Communities Push for Non-Citizen Voting

    Bucking Anti-Immigrant Trend, Some Communities Push for Non-Citizen Voting

    Advocates Argue Legal Taxpaying Residents Should Have the Vote By ELISE FOLEY 10/22/10 6:00 AM Last Wednesday, a group of progressive volunteers gathered in Monument Square in Portland, Maine, to quiz passersby about citizenship. Could they answer sample civics questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services test to become an American citizen? (Most couldn’t.) [...]

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  • Debate heats up on voting by noncitizens in Portland

    Debate heats up on voting by noncitizens in Portland

    City councilors allow the question on this fall’s ballot after hearing from both advocates and critics. By Tom Bell PORTLAND — Should noncitizens be allowed to vote in city elections? From the heartfelt arguments on both sides of the issue at a City Council public hearing Monday, it appears that a ballot question on noncitizen [...]

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  • Non-citizen voting on Portland ballot this November

    Non-citizen voting on Portland ballot this November

    By Emma Bouthillette, The Portland Press Herald PORTLAND — The League of Young Voters turned in 5,600 signatures Tuesday, meeting the threshold for putting a legal resident voting rights amendment on the ballot in November, according to the City Clerk’s office. With thousands of legal immigrants living in Portland, the proposed charter amendment would allow [...]

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  • Noncitizen-voting petitions turned in

    Noncitizen-voting petitions turned in

    Supporters want legal U.S. residents of Portland to be able to vote in elections. Portland Press Herald By Tom Bell tbell@mainetoday.com Staff Writer The measure would extend voting rights only to legal residents of the US Noncitizens would only be able to vote in city elections, not in state or federal … Full Article

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  • Last update by Ron Hayduk

    Last update by Ron Hayduk

    Some news about events in the U.S. – and internationally — regarding campaigns to restore immigrant voting rights.  Recently I traveled to Portland Maine where I made a presentation before the City Charter Revision Commission.  They are considering including a measure on this fall’s referendum that would allow noncitizens (legal permanent residents) to vote in [...]

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