Voters appear to support measure allowing non-citizen voting

Parents who are not U.S. citizens will be allowed to vote in local Board of Education elections after San Francisco voters Tuesday appear to have passed a measure seeking to grant them that right.

Proposition N, sponsored by Supervisor Eric Mar, intends to increase voter participation and parental involvement in the San Francisco Unified School District, according to Supervisor David Campos.

Campos also noted the measure would be another way to close the achievement gap for Latino students.

Opponents had argued Prop. N would not encourage more parents to become engaged in school efforts.

“To me, being an active parent is a completely separate and distinguished discussion point,” Supervisor Mark Farrell previously said.

The City Controller’s Office had found that Prop. N will cost a minimum $160,000 per election in voting materials, training for poll workers and voter registration unless done by absentee ballot, which would cost about $120,000.

San Francisco voters rejected a similar measure in 2010.

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