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Portland High Class Presents Televised Forum about Immigrant Voting Rights
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A Portland High School class will present a televised forum about a referendum question before Portland voters in November that would allow legal immigrants who are not citizens to vote in municipal elections.

Students in the Law and Public Policy class taught by Antoinette Skillings have been studying the issues involved in the referendum, including the process of becoming a citizen and the history of allowing legal immigrants who are not citizens to vote in local elections.  Students conducted some interviews with Portland residents at the Portland Farmers Market about the referendum question.

At the forum, students will interview Portland City Attorney Gary Wood, Portland City Clerk Linda Cohen, Beth Stickney, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Will Everitt, Maine state director of the League of Young Voters, Richard Ranaghan, a member of the Portland Charter Commission that considered the issue and Alfred Jacob, a Sudanese immigrant.

The forum is titled “Portland High Schools Asks: Who Should Vote in Portland?”  It will be aired on TV3, Portland’s educational access television station, at the following dates and times: October 26-31 at 8 p.m., October 29-31 at noon and November 1 at 6 p.m.  The forum also will be available on demand beginning October 26 at http://blogs.portlandschools.org/tv3/vod/.

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