Democrats in the House voted to defend states that allowed illegal immigrants to vote in an effort to support “For the People Act” and the expansion of voter registration, according to The Washington Times.
The 208-197 vote marked a reversal from the chamber once controlled by GOP that rallied support in favor of denouncing illegal immigrant from participating in federal elections. “We are prepared to open up the political process and let all of the people come in,” stated Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) during the debate that came prior to the House vote.
Although the measure did not pass, it still sent a clear message on the motives, goals, and plans of the Democratic party. Currently, states like San Francisco allow those who are not citizens of the United States to vote in school board elections. The Democrats hope to expand that to federal elections in the near future.