San Francisco Measure Could Give Non-Citizens Access To Vote

By next week, San Franciscao could become the first city in the state to allow non-citizens to vote in school board elections.

Proposition N, if it passes, would give undocumented parents and guardians of students the opportunity to be involved in their children's education. This is pivotal in a city where 35 percent of residents are immigrants and more than half of children have at least one immigrant parent.

Nancy Arnez, an immigrant mother to three children that attend local schools, said that this measure would help parents choose representatives that would consider immigrant issues such as providing translation services to parents to alleviate the language barriers.

This is not the first time a measure like this has been brought to a vote. In 2004 and 2010, similar measures that would allow non-citizens to participate in school board elections were on the ballot, but they both failed by narrow margins.

However, the outcome is expected to be positive as the measure has wide support from various political groups, the Board of Education, and all but one County Supervisor. Mark Farrell, is the lone Supervisor to vote against the measure.

If passed, San Francisco will join cities like Chicago, Illinois and Cambridge, Massachusetts, which have already passed similar measures allowing non-citizens the ability to vote in school board elections.  

Read more at the Mission Local.



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