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San Francisco Admits First Non-citizen to Elections Board

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San Francisco has appointed the first non-citizen, Kelly Wong, to its Elections Commission.

In 2020, voters approved removing the citizenship requirement to serve on city boards and commissions.

The commission oversees and creates policy for the Department of Elections.

Wong’s appointment was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors.

Bay Area public radio station reported, “The newest member of the San Francisco Elections Commission, a seven-member civilian body that oversees and creates policy for the city’s Department of Elections, isn’t legally allowed to vote.”

“Kelly Wong, an immigrant rights advocate, is believed to be the first noncitizen appointed to the commission. At a swearing-in ceremony administered by Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin on Wednesday at San Francisco City Hall, dozens of people gathered to commemorate the occasion,” the outlet continued.

As an immigrant rights advocate, Wong cannot legally vote as she is not a citizen.

Non-citizens in San Francisco can vote in school board elections.

Democrat-run areas have tried expanding voting to non-citizens in hopes of capitalizing on large immigrant populations due to loose border policies under Democrats.

While such measures have faced legal challenges, San Francisco’s system allowing non-citizen voting has survived thus far.

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