Citizenship & Elections

In State & Federal Government, we learned about how local, state, and federal governments work together.  The three levels of government have to work together on elections but can also do some things independently. Federal law prevents people without legal citizenship status (those who are from another country and have not become U.S. citizens through the legal naturalization process) from participating in federal elections like president and congress. But state constitutions and laws control participation in local elections like school boards and millages. In some states, people without legal citizenship are able to vote in state elections and if it’s allowed at the state level, cities can then pass laws to support people without legal citizenship vote in local elections. The reflection below is about your thoughts on who should be able to vote.