Two times San Francisco has tried to make it so illegal aliens can vote, and twice they have failed. But now some San Francisco officials believe Donald Trump is the guy who can make it happen.
A proposed charter amendment drafted by Board of Supervisors member Eric Mar would give illegal immigrants with kids in the public school system the right to vote in school elections. Mar thinks Trump’s immigration rhetoric can turn voters around.
“With Donald Trump’s racist and anti-immigrant sentiments, there is a reaction from many of us who are disgusted by those politics,” Mar said. “I think that’s going to ensure there is strong Latino turnout as well as other immigrant turnout.”
Mar staffers confirmed the measure will go before the rules committee within weeks, and could then be presented to the full board of supervisors. If a majority support it, the charter amendment will be on the ballot Nov. 8 when the city and nation votes for president.
“The time is right for San Francisco to make history, to pave the way for immigrant parents to have a say in the policy decisions that impact their child’s education and who gets to sit on the Board of Education,” Mar said in a written statement.
According to Fox News, in 2004, voters narrowly rejected the same proposal. A similar measure, introduced by California Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, failed in 2010 with just 46 percent of the vote.
Chiu believes Trump’s presence on the ballot, and the fact that one of every three children in the system is now the child of an immigrant parent could make the third time a charm.
How can this happen?
While laws in all 50 states bar noncitizens from voting in state elections, and federal law makes it a felony for noncitizens to vote in federal elections, there is an opening in local elections.