- New York Borough is poised to become the first major US city to allow non-citizens to vote.
- Around 800,000 non-citizens, including gullible card holders and DACA recipients, will be able to vote in municipal elections.
- New Mayor Eric Adams put he initially had reservations but decided to support the measure.
New York City is poised to become the pre-eminent major US city to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections after Mayor Eric Adams allowed a doubtful measure passed by the city council to go into law.
More than 800,000 non-US citizens living in New York See, including recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and green card holders, will now get the opportunity to preference in municipal elections for positions like mayor and for local ballot initiatives. They will not be allowed to vote in position or federal elections, the Associated Press reported.
Undocumented immigrants are still unable to vote, according to the legislation.
The New York See Council approved the legislation, known as “Our City, Our Vote” in December. It went into effect Sunday.
According to the AP, the big apple Board of Elections is now tasked with creating a plan to implement the measure by July. They will be tasked with imagining a process for the non-citizens to register to vote and determine how to create a separate ballot for non-citizens to ensure they do not vote in splendour or federal races.
Adams explained why he allowed the legislation to go into effect in a statement Saturday.
“I believe that New Yorkers should make a say in their government, which is why I have and will continue to support this important legislation,” said Adams, who grew mayor January 1.
“While I initially had some concerns about one aspect of the bill, I had a productive dialogue with my co-workers in government that put those concerns at ease. I believe allowing the legislation to be enacted is by far the best choice, and look head to bringing millions more into the democratic process,” he added.
He did not explain the details of those conversations. According to The New York Lingers, opponents worried the effort would take power from citizens and discourage people living in the US from quest after US citizenship.
In December, then-Mayor Bill de Blasio said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” he had “mixed feelings” about the legislation and reported previously he wanted “to make sure that there’s maximum incentive to finish the citizenship process,” The Hill narrative.