Re-Establish Voting Rights Now: Vote YES on 4
Thank you to all of our allies and members who helped to get this crucial question on the ballot- now let's seal the deal.
We really need your help on this campaign, and frankly, we can't do this without you.
Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up to join a phone-bank or to drop off literature around Portland, today. We can't wait to get this important measure passed.
Phone Banking Schedule: 5pm to 8pm: October 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and November 1.
Here's the skinny on the proposal, email us if you have more questions:
Question 4 on Portland's local ballot asks voters to allow legal immigrants who are residents of Portland and 18 years old or older to be allowed to vote in municipal elections. In order to register, legal immigrants shall provide proof of identity, age, residency, and legal status.
Voting YES on 4 is FAIR
Legal immigrants pay taxes, start businesses, take part in our local economy, serve in the military, and send their kids to school like everyone else in Portland. It’s only fair for members of a community to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives. Voting YES on 4 is fair because it enables legal residents to participate in the community issues that affect us all: reducing crime, improving education, and keeping our streets clean. By voting YES on 4, you are voting against taxation without representation.
Voting YES on 4 is a WORKABLE SOLUTION
Our federal immigration system is broken. The process of becoming a citizen can sometimes take well over a decade and cost thousands of dollars. At the same time, more than one in ten Portland school children come from immigrant families. Until Congress steps up and fixes that system, we need to find our own solutions at the local level. Voting YES on 4 ensures fair democratic municipal elections--and that's good for everyone.
Voting YES on 4 RE-ESTABLISHES LEGAL RESIDENT VOTING
For much of America's history, voting was determined by residency: if you lived in a community, you had a vote. An anti-immigrant backlash in the late 1880s through the early 1900s led to literacy tests, poll taxes, and restrictive registration processes that took away new immigrants' right to vote. Voting YES on 4 recognizes America's immigrant heritage and gives every legal resident of Portland a voice.