San Francisco’s experimentation with allowing noncitizens to vote in school board elections is over.
Finding that the practice violates the state constitution, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer recently struck down the city ordinance that green-lit the practice.
In 2016, San Francisco voters approved a charter amendment allowing certain noncitizens to vote in school board elections. The Charter amendment also gave the County Board of Supervisors authority to extend the noncitizen voting authorization beyond 2022. On November 2, 2021, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors extended indefinitely the ordinance allowing noncitizens to vote beyond 2022.