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WATCH: Stacey Abrams admits she doesn't 'oppose' allowing noncitizens the right to vote


Abrams is considering running for the Senate in 2020

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Democrat Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost a bid to become Georgia's governor last year, admitted in an interview over the weekend that she would not "oppose" allowing noncitizens the right to vote in local elections, a slope that almost certainly comes with greased skis.

What did she say?

Speaking with PBS host Margaret Hoover on "Firing Line," Abrams explained that in "some cases" noncitizens should be allowed to vote in municipal elections due to the hyper-specificity of local election issues.

"I think there's a difference between municipal and state and federal," Abrams said.

"Part of municipality — I'm not arguing for it or against it, but I will say, having been deputy city attorney, there's a very — the granularity of what cities decide is so specific, as to, I think, allow for people to be participants in the process without it somehow undermining our larger democratic ethic that says that you should be a citizen to be a part of the conversation," she explained.

Hoover pressed Abrams further, seeking definitive clarification of whether or not Abrams approves of noncitizens voting.

"I wouldn't oppose it," Abrams said.

Indeed, Abrams' progressive views on voting are not new. During the Georgia gubernatorial election last year, Abrams made headlines when she claimed illegal immigrants — who are ineligible to vote — would be part of Democrats' promised "blue wave."

Also, in her interview with Hoover, Abrams expressed the belief that under certain circumstances, 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote, such as in school board elections.

Abrams is exploring a potential run for the Senate in 2020.

Anything else?

Some noncitizens in San Francisco were granted the right to vote last year, although officials only narrowly granted the right, allowing them the ability to vote in school board elections.

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