New York City lawmakers will vote December 9 on an amendment to the city’s charter that would allow up to 800,000 noncitizens to vote in city elections.
Green card holders and those with work authorizations visas would be eligible to vote in municipal elections, and a separate municipal voter registry and registration process would be created for municipal elections.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams supported the idea and campaigned on it, saying, “We cannot be a beacon to the world and continue to attract the global talent, energy and entrepreneurship that has allowed our city to thrive for centuries if we do not give immigrants a vote in how this city is run and what are priorities are for the future.”
Current Mayor Bill DeBlasio said he didn’t think it was legal to allow non-citizens to vote.
He also said it would hurt efforts to get non-citizens to become citizens. “I think there’s a real set of mixed feelings it generates in me about what’s the right way to approach this issue.”
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