Vote YES for ALL Greenbelt Residents to Vote in our Community

Vote YES on Greenbelt Charter Amendment

On the ballot: "Advisory question on voting by resident noncitizens - Pregunta de asesoramiento sobre el voto de residentes no ciudadanos"

Everyone in Greenbelt should have input on the laws that govern them, regardless of immigration status.  To make local elections in Greenbelt more inclusive, everyone who lives in Greenbelt should be allowed to participate in the democratic process. We can hear more voices by expanding the electorate.

According to a 2020 census, 28.7% of Greenbelt residents are born outside of the United States, higher than the national average of 13.5%. This sizable portion of the Greenbelt community contributes to the city’s economy, diversity and social fabric. Therefore, allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections is crucial. Passing this charter amendment ensures that the local government accurately represents its population and addresses the needs and concerns of all residents effectively. 

  • The proposed charter amendment aims to make local elections in Greenbelt more inclusive by allowing residents who are not U.S. citizens to participate in the democratic process. This change aligns with the city’s commitment to representing the entire community and ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard.
  • Greenbelt is a diverse city with a significant percentage of residents who are foreign-born nationals. These residents contribute to the city’s economic, social, and cultural vibrancy. Allowing them to vote recognizes their contributions and acknowledges their stake in local affairs.
  • Non-U.S. citizen residents pay local taxes, including paying for the city’s election, and utilize public services such as schools and transportation. Giving them the right to vote provides a mechanism for them to participate in decisions affecting their tax dollars and the services they rely on. 
  • Allowing non citizen residents to vote fosters a sense of belonging and integration within the Greenbelt community. It sends a message that residents, regardless of their citizenship status, are valued contributors to the city’s growth and development.
  • Ensuring that all residents have a say in local elections helps prevent disparities in resource allocation and policy decisions. It promotes fairness and equality in how city resources are distributed among diverse neighborhoods and communities.
  • By passing this charter amendment, Greenbelt would follow neighboring municipalities such as Mount Rainier, Hyattsville, Cheverly, Riverdale Park, Takoma Park, and Colmar Manor that have already adopted noncitizen voting. These communities have recognized the importance of inclusivity, ensuring that everyone who calls their city a home has a say in local decisions. Passing this charter amendment is a way for Greenbelt to join this progressive trend and ensure all residents have a hand in shaping the future of our city. 

Where to Vote

Vote on Election Day

Vote in the next City-wide election on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

  • Mail-in ballots must be received by 6 pm

Vote Early

Vote early on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5
  • Community Center, 10 am – 3 pm
  • Greenbelt East (Shrom Hills Park Clubhouse), 10 am – 3 pm
  • Greenbelt West (Springhill Lake Clubhouse), 10 am – 3 pm

Register to Vote

  • All City residents 16 and older who have lived in the incorporated limits of Greenbelt for more than 30 days by October 9, 2023, can vote in the upcoming election.

  • Most Greenbelt residents can register to vote in City elections using the Maryland State Voter Registration Form. You do not need to re-register for City elections if you are already a registered voter with the State of Maryland.

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Authorized by CASA, Inc., 8151 15th Ave., Langley Park, MD 20783. Melissa Guzman, Treasurer.