Resolution would give those outside Omaha a vote

Nov 22, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha City Council has voted for a measure seeking to allow people living just outside city limits to vote in city elections.

The resolution by City Councilman Franklin Thompson has sparked a debate between those who say allowing people who don't pay city taxes to vote in city elections is unconstitutional, and those who say people living just outside city limits often are subjected to city laws and regulations and, therefore, should get a vote.

The City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday for the resolution to lobby the Nebraska Legislature next year to pass a bill allowing the move.

Council members Garry Gernandt, Aimee Melton and Rich Pahls joined Thompson in voting for the change. Council members Ben Gray, Chris Jerram and Pete Festersen voted against it.

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