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Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections
County of San Francisco
Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 118608 / 45.09% Yes votes ...... 144418 / 54.91% No votes
Index of all Propositions
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Shall the City allow non-citizen residents of San Francisco who are 18 years of age or older and have children living in the San Francisco Unified School District to vote for members of the Board of Education?
San Francisco residents who are 18 years of age or older, United States citizens, and not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction are eligible to register to vote in San Francisco elections.
The Proposal: Proposition D is a Charter amendment that would allow any non-citizen resident of San Francisco to vote for members of the Board of Education if the resident:
Should the proposed Charter amendment be approved by the voters, in my opinion, it would increase the cost of government, as estimated by the Department of Elections, by approximately $152,000 per election to print and distribute voting materials, train poll workers and develop procedures.
Should the election take place by absentee ballot only, which would require a subsequent ordinance by the Board, costs may be reduced to approximately $100,000.
The amendment would permit non-citizens 18 years of age or older who have children in the San Francisco public schools to vote in the elections for the School Board. The amendment would sunset on December 31, 2016, but could be extended by ordinance.
|Arguments For Proposition D||Arguments Against Proposition D|
|Proposition D gives all parents a voice.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, David Campos, Chris Daly, Bevan Dufty, Eric Mar, Sophie Maxwell, and Ross Mirkarimi.
What Proposition D backers call "Immigrant Voting" does not mean just legal immigrants. Proposition D also proposes that illegal aliens and even those in the process of being deported from the United States be allowed to vote for San Francisco's Board of Education. All that is required is that the alien voter be the parent (or the caregiver) of a child enrolled in a public or private school within the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) boundaries and a de facto resident (legal or illegal) of the City.
It is an interesting question whether legal aliens might be allowed to vote for our boards of education on a national basis, but that should be regulated by future international treaties. Such future treaties, if approved by the President and a two-thirds vote of the United States Senate, should also provide for similar voting rights for American citizens who are legal residents of foreign countries. For example, an American who is living in Canada or Mexico might be allowed to vote in foreign board of education elections, in exchange for Canadians or Mexicans being given the same rights here.
Proposition D rewards criminal misconduct.
Dr. Terence Faulkner, J.D., County Central Committeeman*
Arlo Hale Smith, Past BART Board President*
Doo Sup Park, State Senate Nominee
|PROPOSITION D WOULD ALLOW ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THOSE ABOUT TO BE DEPORTED FROM THE UNITED STATES TO VOTE FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF EDUCATION:
City Proposition D is a proposed San Francisco City Charter Amendment that would let non-citizens, illegal aliens, and those facing deportation from the United States to vote for the San Francisco Board of Education if they are the parents or caregivers of a child going to a public or private school within the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).
The only requirement is that the non-citizen or illegal alien is a resident of the SFUSD.
Dr. Terence Faulkner, J.D.
Proposition D is legal. The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that citizenship is not a requirement to vote. The California State Constitution protects a citizen's right to vote, but does not exclude immigrants from voting. The California State Constitution explicitly authorizes charter cities such as San Francisco to provide a means of electing school board members.
Proposition D encourages civic participation. Any San Francisco resident who is a parent, legal guardian or caregiver of a child in San Francisco public schools will be allowed to vote on San Francisco School Board elections, provided that they have not been convicted of a felony or currently in prison.
One out of three children in the San Francisco Unified School District has an immigrant parent. Allowing parents, regardless of citizenship status, to vote in school board elections is not new. It's allowed in other cities such as Chicago, New York City and Maryland. While most parents are involved in their children's education through parent groups and school site councils, allowing all parents to fully participate in all aspects of their children's education is a common-sense way to encourage full parental involvement.
Proposition D will increase parental involvement. Children do better in school when their parents are involved in their education. Allowing all parents to participate in the election of school board members means greater parental involvement that ultimately results in more successful schools.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu
San Francisco Democratic Party
San Francisco League of Young Voters