Residents who aren’t registered voters could serve on some boards, commissions and committees in Fayetteville.
The city has about 85,000 residents and only 53,000 are registered voters.
Being a registered Fayetteville voter is a baseline requirement to join any of the resident-led panels, but Fayetteville Council Member Kyle Smith hopes to change that.
Smith said he knows voting registration is not an easy process and believes the requirement change will remove barriers for people who want to serve within the city government.
The purpose of the improved ordinance is to create more opportunities for civic engagement for new Americans, he said.
If passed, the new changes would allow foreign exchange students and people with legal status, such as visas, to serve the city.
“We are looking to broaden the pool of residents who could serve on our advisory boards, and be more inclusive,” Smith said.
After some discussions earlier this week, city council members left the proposal on its second reading.
Smith said he asked the council to hold the proposal for two weeks before the final vote.
Council members will vote on the ordinance at the city’s next council meeting on July 2.