GOP Lawmaker Seeks Answers From DC Officials On Noncitizen Voting Law

House Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Steil (R-WI) is demanding answers from Washington, D.C., officials about the implementation of a new law allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections. The Local Resident Voting Rights Act passed by the D.C. Council in October 2022 allows some noncitizens to vote in local elections if they have resided in the city for at least 30 days.

In a letter to the D.C. Board of Elections, Steil expressed concern about the legislation and possible encouragement for noncitizens to vote despite their ineligibility to participate in federal elections. “American elections are for American citizens only” Steil said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

Steil pointed to moves he says are actively encouraging noncitizen voting by officials including a virtual townhall hosted by board staff focused on the ability of noncitizen D.C. residents to vote and a postcard mailed by the board advocating for noncitizens to register to vote in D.C. elections.

The letter asks a string of questions including how election workers will differentiate between those qualified to vote and those not and whether foreign nationals representing their capitals as embassy personnel will be able to vote. Steil also inquired about the legal guidance the board has relied upon for the implementation of the act.