The New York City council just approved a bill allowing “noncitizen residents” to vote in local elections.
This would include voting for Mayor.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he has no plans to veto the measure.
BREAKING 🚨 New York City Council has approved a landmark bill that allows noncitizen residents to vote in local elections, like those for mayor and other city offices.
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) December 10, 2021
The New York City Council on Thursday approved legislation that would expand voting rights to hundreds of thousands of legal noncitizens, allowing a once-disenfranchised segment of Big Apple taxpayers a chance to participate in the local democratic process.
The measure was easily approved by the City Council with the support of a number of advocacy groups, who say that New York’s legal permanent residents have the right to weigh in on who leads the city and how their tax dollars are spent.
If the bill is enacted and if it survives legal challenges, New York City would become the largest jurisdiction in the United States to allow noncitizen voting.
Noncitizens would remain barred from voting in state and federal elections.
Voting-age noncitizens comprise nearly one in nine of the city’s 7 million voting-age inhabitants.
Legally documented, voting-age noncitizens comprise nearly one in nine of the city’s 7 million voting-age inhabitants. The measure would allow noncitizens who have been lawful permanent residents of the city for at least 30 days, as well as those authorized to work in the U.S., including so-called “Dreamers,” to help select the city’s mayor, city council members, borough presidents, comptroller and public advocate.
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