PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A proposal to allowing nonresidents to vote in local elections, rejected by the Maine Legislature earlier this year, is still kicking around in Portland.

Some of the city’s charter commissioners want to allow non-U.S. citizens to vote in city elections.

Commissioner Anna Tevarrow told the Portland Press Herald that attaining citizenship can take years. Tevarrow said it’s only fair to grant voting rights to legal residents who are paying taxes, receiving city services and have children enrolled in public schools.

But it’s not clear whether Portland can do that on its own or whether it would have to get legislative authority to let non-citizens vote.

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