(PartiallyPolitics.com) On Friday, Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican, was slammed after posting on Twitter that it was “ridiculous” to have Democrats supporting Washington, D.C., the decision to have non-citizens vote in local elections. He added that “Only Americans should vote in American elections.”
The tweet followed the House Joint Resolution 24, or the “Disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022,” which passed on Thursday from the House of Representatives. The bill is going to try to block the bill that had previously passed the D.C. Council in October which allowed non-citizen residents of D.C. to vote in local elections.
Many people responded to Jordan’s tweet calling him out. One user noted that when it comes to local elections, everyone residing in the area was equally affected and as such, they should be able to vote in the elections.
Another user pointed out that what the Republicans were doing was “meddling in city laws.”
The House passed the bill in a 260-162, with everyone opposing the bill belonging to the Democratic party. There were also 4 Republicans and 8 Democrats who did not vote on this resolution. A second resolution that tried to overturn a D.C. bill that reduced criminal penalties, was also passed on the same day.
Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., chair of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, who introduced the bill that blocked non-citizens from voting, said that it was the Congress’s job to make sure that “terrible laws” were not enacted.
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