I love Boston. I really do. The Union Oyster House. Sam Adams. Looking a Red Sox fan in the face and saying, “It’s just a game.” Hitting I-93 North as hard and fast as possible. There’s all that history.
Yet, sometimes I pause to wonder about the future. Now is one of those times. Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell proposes giving non-citizens the right to vote in City elections:
Non-U.S. citizens living in the country legally may one day be allowed to vote in Boston elections.
The City Council is holding a hearing Tuesday on the idea at the request of Council President Andrea Campbell. The council is considering ways to make city elections more inclusive, including allowing immigrants with legal status in the country the right to vote in municipal races.
I’m a little upset about this “legal status” requirement, honestly. And why do they have to live in the country? Are not all 7 Billion people on the planet Americans? Bostonians? It’s not very inclusive to deny them their voices. I’m sure there’s a real new American, in Haiti or Uruguay or somewhere, just itching to write in Vladamir Putin or Theresa May as a replacement for Andrea Campbell. Is this not just?
Keep an eye on this. And look for it to spread regardless of how they handle it in Bean Town.