Judge dismisses lawsuit against DC noncitizen voting law

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a law in Washington, D.C., that allows noncitizens to vote in local but not federal elections.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, saying that the seven voters who brought the lawsuit “failed to establish the injury-in-fact element of standing.”

“Plaintiffs have not alleged that they have personally been subjected to any sort of disadvantage as individual voters by virtue of the fact that noncitizens are permitted to vote, too,” the opinion said.

“They may object as a matter of policy to the fact that immigrants get to vote at all, but their votes will not receive less weight or be treated differently than noncitizens’ votes; they are not losing representation
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