Bill calls for legal residents and others to be allowed to vote in city elections
New York City may soon allow hundreds of thousands of nonresidents to vote in municipal elections, while Mayor Bill de Blasio and his successor, Eric Adams, feel differently about the prospect.
The bill aims to amend the city’s charter by including a new chapter that allows green card holders and people with work authorization to register to vote and participate in city-wide elections through the creation of a separate municipal voter registration. Is. Adams endorsed the concept when he was campaigning for mayor earlier this year.
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“We cannot be a beacon to the world and continue to attract the global talent, energy and entrepreneurship that has allowed our city to flourish for centuries if we do not vote for immigrants to govern how this city is run. and what are our priorities. The future,” Adams said in February, according to New York Daily News,
Meanwhile, de Blasio said, “The Brian Lehrer ShowThere are “two problems” with the bill in September.
“One, I don’t think it’s legal. Our law department is very clear on this,” Meyer said. “I really believe that it has to be decided at the state level according to state law.”
The second issue, he said, is that it undermines efforts to make people citizens.
“I think I have a real set of mixed feelings about what is the right way to approach this issue.”
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NS new York Times reports that the bill would allow an estimated 808,000 non-citizens to vote.
The bill states that residents must live in the city for at least 30 days before the election. It also specifies that it applies only to municipal elections and calls for a different form of voter registration to represent this.
“Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to grant municipal voters the right to vote on any state or federal office or on any state or federal voting question,” the bill states.
It is this difference that leads Anu Joshi, vice president of policy at the New York Immigration Coalition, to believe that the bill will stand up to a legal challenge, despite de Blasio’s concerns.
“At present any restrictions on the books really only apply to federal and state elections,” Joshi told the Times.
The bill is next set for vote by the city council on December 9.