Richardson: Towns should have option to let illegal immigrants vote locally By John Hilliard/Daily News staff The MetroWest Daily News Posted Apr 08, 2009 @ 12:22 AM The town's state representative said yesterday that cities and towns should have the option to grant illegal immigrants voting rights in local elections to draw them closer into their communities. In state Rep. Pam Richardson's hometown of Framingham, many of the illegal immigrants - who are largely from Brazil - lack a political voice in their community, she said. "It's not hard to figure out in the Brazilian community (that) it's very fractured...they don't have a process to pick a leader," she said. ................... During the same Democratic party hearing, Richardson also supported issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and qualifying them for the in-state tuition rate that Massachusetts residents are charged to attend public higher education. The state charges a higher rate for students who come from outside Massachusetts. Richardson: Towns should have option to let illegal immigrants vote locally - Framingham, MA - The MetroWest Daily News WOW!