- New York City is on track to become the first major US city to allow non-citizens to vote.
- Around 800,000 non-nationals, including green card holders and DACA beneficiaries, will be able to vote in municipal elections.
- New mayor Eric Adams said he initially had reservations but decided to back the measure.
New York City is set to become the first major U.S. city to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections after Mayor Eric Adams allowed a controversial city council measure to go into effect.
More than 800,000 non-U.S. Citizens living in New York City, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries and green card holders, will now have the ability to vote in municipal elections for positions like mayor and for local voting initiatives. They will not be allowed to vote in state or federal elections, the Associated Press reported.
Undocumented migrants still cannot vote, according to the law.
The New York City Council approved the legislation, known as “Our City, Our Vote” in December. It came into effect on Sunday.
According to the PA, the city’s electoral council is now tasked with creating a plan to implement the measure by July. They will be responsible for creating a process for non-citizens to register to vote and determining how to create a separate ballot for non-citizens to ensure they do not vote in state races. or federal.
Adams explained why he allowed the legislation to come into force in a statement on Saturday.
“I think New Yorkers should have a say in their government, which is why I have supported and will continue to support this important legislation,” said Adams, who became mayor on Jan. 1.
âWhile I initially had concerns about one aspect of the bill, I had a productive dialogue with my government colleagues that allayed those concerns. I think allowing the passage of legislation is by far the best choice, and I look forward to bringing millions more into the democratic process, “he added.
He did not explain the details of these conversations. Opponents feared the effort would seize power from citizens and discourage people living in the United States from applying for U.S. citizenship, according to the New York Times.
In December, then-mayor Bill de Blasio said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” that he had “mixed feelings” about the legislation and previously said he wanted to “s’ ensure that there are maximum incentives to complete the citizenship process, âThe Hill reported.