Unable to vote, noncitizen immigrants volunteermore
By JULIANA BARBASSA
The Associated Press
Thursday, October 30, 2008; 3:06 PM
-- From Florida to California, they're working hard on the upcoming election _ knocking on doors in ethnic neighborhoods, manning the phones in myriad languages and distributing political flyers. But come Tuesday, they won't vote. They can't: They're not citizens.
The excitement that has made American voter registration numbers soar has trickled deep into the country's immigrant population. But almost two-thirds of the 37.5 million foreign-born people in the United States have not taken the oath of allegiance, and are shut out from casting a ballot.
Non-citizen immigrants, legal or not, are putting their time and their effort where their vote would be.
"There are a lot of people who want to be voters one day, but it can take a lot of time," said Kishan Putta, national director of Indians for McCain. "They do want to get involved. They're calling, wanting to participate."
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Just because you aren't a citizen doesn't mean you don't care about who wins