This blog topic has been one of our most popular blogs over the years. It was almost seven years ago that we published this blog and since then many people from across the country have called us for help on this issue. If you want to read the original blog, which is still very useful, click here: 2016 blog. This blog is intended to provide an update on what I have seen over the last seven years representing clients from numerous states who have registered to vote when they were not U.S. citizens.
People who are not U.S. citizens are not eligible to vote in federal elections (elections for President and members of Congress) and in many states, non-U.S. citizens cannot vote in state or local elections.
It is a federal crime to vote in a federal election if you are not eligible to vote, even if you did not know you were not eligible. It is also a reason to deport any non-citizen and a reason to deny someone U.S. citizenship.