David Brock’s media watchdog group, Media Matters, spends its multi-million dollar budget trying to point out errors made by conservative talk show hosts and columnists. In yesterday’s edition, talk show host Michael Savage is accused of lying about illegal aliens and voting rights. Here is what Savage is quoted as saying on his July 26 show:
“I’ll go down the list of people who should not have the right to vote. Let’s start with illegal aliens. Should they have the right to vote? Course they shouldn’t, but they do. They’re being courted by the Democrats as we speak.”
The smug liberals at Media Matters respond: “Contrary to Savage’s assertion, the U.S. Constitution grants voting rights only to American citizens.”
This prompted one of Media Matters’ readers to comment, “He thinks illegal aliens can vote? What an idiot. Is he really worth taking seriously?”
I hate to burst their self-righteous bubble, but here in my home county, Montgomery County, Md., six cities (Garrett Park, Takoma Park, Somerset, Chevy Chase, Martin’s Additions and Barnesville) allow illegal aliens to vote in local elections. So do Amherst and Cambridge, Mass. A similar policy was proposed last month by Democrats in San Francisco.
Update: Reader EH writes: “For the record, the Maryland link you provide refers to “noncitizen immigrants” and “noncitizen residents”, but not specifically to illegal aliens, which is the term you chose to use to describe its effect. So it is not clear just from this link that those here illegally were meant to be included.”
Bingo. The “Share the Vote” referendum passed in 1991 was deliberately vague and made no distinction between illegal and legal “non-citizens.” But everybody knows (except, apparently, David Brock and his ostriches), as the Associated Press makes clear, that in the “The People’s Republic of Takoma Park…[u]ndocumented immigrants and other noncitizens can vote in city elections.” See also the New York Times and “Voter Fraud That’s Legal.”