Right of NonCitizens to Vote

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Massachusetts state law specifies citizenship as a prerequisite for the right to vote in state and local elections. Three towns (Newton in 2004, Amherst and Cambridge in 1998) have sent home rule petitions to the state legislature asking that at least green card holders be allowed to vote in local elections. These home rule petitions were not approved by the Mass legislature.

According to 2008-2012 American Community Survey estimates, Lexington had 23,330 residents 18 and older, of which 6,221 (26.66%) were foreign born, of which 2,410 (10.33%) were not US Citizens[1].

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  1. See Lexington Selected Characteristics of the Native and Foreign Born Populations, 2008-2012 American Community Survey