Illegals can now vote in SF school board elections
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)
In an unprecedented move for California, illegal aliens and other noncitizens are now eligible to vote in San Francisco school board elections.
Propostion N was approved by San Francisco voters in the November 2016 election, giving undocumented immigrants the right to vote for school officials.
Noncitizens becoming a larger minority
With San Francisco’s left-leaning bureaucracy and policies that made it an official “sanctuary city” in California – which became an official “sanctuary state” in January – illegal immigrants and other noncitizens are becoming a larger proportion of the city’s population.
“The move could be significant in a school district where one in three students come from immigrant families,” the Bay Area’s public radio station KQED reported. “Dozens of parents, politicians and community activists gathered to celebrate the opening of voter registration for noncitizens in front of City Hall on Monday.”
One of the celebrants was San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Fewer, who was a key supporter of the pro-immigration legislation passed at the ballot box in the fall of 2016.
"Many of our public-school families have come to the U.S. for opportunities like a free public education," Fewer pointed out, according to KQED. "It is only right that they would have a say in who will be governing the education of their children.”
Giving illegal aliens a heads-up
Another pro-immigration government official in the ultra-left northern California city, San Francisco Department of Elections Director John Arntz, is concerned that registering to vote can be risky for illegal aliens and other noncitizens.
He announced that San Francisco taxpayers have footed the bill for $150,000 to provide illegals and other noncitizens with a community outreach to steer them clear from being detected or questioned – due to the new legislation – by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other federal agents enforcing immigration laws.
"There's a lot of concern regarding the federal government obtaining the personal information of voters who would register as noncitizens," Arntz asserted, according to KQED.
And the $150,000 price tag is just a fraction of what immigration activists want taxpayers to shell out to protect illegal aliens from being nabbed and deported by ICE agents.
“A key backer of San Francisco granting noncitizens the right to cast ballots in school elections now wants the city to spend as much as $500,000 a year to warn undocumented residents that registering to vote could point the feds their way,” the San Francisco Chronicle announced in May. “Under guidelines being drawn up by the Board of Supervisors, warning notices to prospective noncitizen voters would have to be translated into as many as 48 languages and circulated not just to schools, but also preschools and community resource centers. The warnings would alert those thinking of signing up that the feds may have access to their personal information.”
And the half-million-dollar price tag is not a one-time cost, but one that taxpayers would have to foot on an annual basis so that illegals would have the luxury of voting without paying their share of taxes.
“[Sandra] Fewer estimates that the city may need as much as $500,000 a year to keep everyone informed on the issue,” the Chronicle added. “That money covers everything from administrative costs and materials to grants for nonprofits to hire outreach workers, but even her call for an initial $125,000 to get the ball rolling drew a less-than-enthusiastic response from Mayor Mark Farrell.”
With illegal aliens now eligible to vote, San Francisco’s Department of Elections issued its own warning on the Internet for undocumented city residents, notifying them that their voter registration information may be shared with ICE.
The Department of Elections announced that foreign residents wanting to vote in the San Francisco Board of Education election on October 22 must meet certain eligibility requirements.
“If you are not a United States citizen and meet the requirements below, you may register and vote in the San Francisco School Board election on November 6, 2018,” the Department of Elections states on its website. “[You must] be a resident of San Francisco and … not plan to move before November 6, 2018; [be] at least 18 years old on November 6, 2018; [be] a parent, legal guardian or caregiver of a child under 19; not [be] in state or federal prison, or on parole for the conviction of a felony and; not [be] currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.”
Protecting illegals from Atlantic to Pacific
San Francisco is not the only city in the United States to approve such a left-leaning pro-immigration policy.
“Chicago, Illinois, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, already allow non-citizen residents to vote in school board elections, and several municipalities in Maryland allow non-citizen voting in local elections,” CBS Local San Francisco reported.
Despite San Francisco’s far-left leaning, the measure on the ballot two years ago passed by a relatively small margin, but after the high cost to taxpayers and anticipated surge in its immigrant population, this could change in four years.
“Prop. N – which passed by a vote of 54 percent to 46 percent – would expire after the 2022 school board election –unless the Board of Supervisors allows it to continue,” CBS SF noted.
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