There's a positive trend growing in American communities: giving non-citizens the right to vote in local elections. Last November, San Francisco passed a proposition allowing non-citizens to vote in school board elections; this week, officials opened the voter registration process to non-citizens. This revolutionary decision is not entirely unique, and that's a good thing. As it turns out, several cities have already implemented similar policies in their local elections. Maryland has been a leader in this effort: Takoma Park implemented a non-citizen voting policy for all local elections, up to the mayoral race, in the '90s, and several other Maryland cities have followed suit. New York incorporated non-citizen voting for school board elections in 1968, and continued their policy until they ended school board elections in 2003. Many other cities are also considering such policies. Allowing non-citizens to vote is good for democracy. Giving all residents a say in how their local government operates and who represents them is a basic tenant of a true democracy. Voters are more engaged & invested in their communities, and that translates into stronger communities. As we see a push for more voter suppression laws in some states, these changes to expand the right to vote are a bright spot in our democracy.