House Administration Committee Chair Expresses Concern Over DC’s Noncitizen Voting Law

Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) chairman of the House Administration Committee has sent a letter to the Washington, D.C., Board of Elections demanding answers regarding the city’s encouragement of noncitizens to vote in local elections. Steil’s concerns stem from the passing and promotion of the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022 which allows noncitizens to vote in local elections.

“American elections are for American citizens only” Steil said in a statement. “Every American deserves to have confidence in their elections and it does not instill confidence when we see our nation’s capital encourage non-citizen voting in local elections.”

The letter was prompted by a recent postcard from the D.C. Board of Elections encouraging noncitizens to vote while acknowledging they could only participate in local elections. Steil’s committee has broad oversight of the nation’s federal elections and he expressed concern that despite the act’s passage by the D.C. Council federal law continues to prohibit noncitizens from voting in federal elections.

Steil’s letter included a demand for answers to various questions including whether embassy personnel of foreign governments could vote to decide the affairs in the U.S. capital. “I’m working to hold the D.C. Board of Elections accountable and stop non-citizen voting” Steil added.