California Democratic Rep. Pete Aguilar, vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said localities have the "authority" to allow non-citizens to vote in certain elections.
Aguilar's comments come as Democrats move to pass the Freedom to Vote Act, which includes federal rules that localities and states would have to follow such as not requiring a photo ID or Social Security number to cast a ballot.
Aguilar was asked how he and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus view the New York City government allowing about 800,000 non-citizens to vote in local elections. The Republican National Committee is challenging the move.
"Elections are administered by local officials, and local officials also have decision-making authority on allowing individuals, any individual to vote in local elections," Aguilar said during a conference call to announce support for the Senate Democratic leadership's effort to change filibuster rules to allow passage of the party's election overhaul legislation. "And so what you're talking about is a proposal to allow parents to vote in local school board races and local city council races. That's a local decision.