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San Francisco to decide noncitizen voting rights for school board elections

SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 5:   Stickers that say
SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 5: Stickers that say "I Voted" in English, Spanish and Chinese are seen at a polling place February 5, 2008 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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There are about 100 days left until Americans go to the polls. Both parties will be working hard to get out the vote, and activist groups will monitor polling sites to make sure that no citizen is denied their right to cast a ballot.

But in San Francisco, voters will be asked to decide on a voting question: Should noncitizens be able to participate in local school board elections?

Emily Green is the city hall reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. She joined the show to explain more about this proposal — including the track record of narrow failure it has seen in previous elections.