December 14, 2021

NYC Allows Noncitizens to Vote in Local Elections

The New York City Council approved a measure to allow noncitizens the right to vote in local elections, a move that would give 800,000 access to the ballot box.

“This is for my beautiful mother who will be able to vote for her son,” said councilmember Francisco Moya, whose family is from Ecuador.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) does have the power to veto the measure, preventing it from becoming law, but he has said he will not veto it.

Legally documented noncitizens make up nearly one in nine of the city’s 7 million voting-age residents. The legislation would grant the right to vote in local elections to noncitizens who have been lawful permanent residents for at least 30 days, as well as those authorized to work in the U.S., including Dreamers and the children of undocumented immigrants.

“It is no secret we are making history today. Fifty years down the line, when our children look back at this moment, they will see a diverse coalition of advocates who came together to write a new chapter in New York City’s history by giving immigrant New Yorkers the power of the ballot,” said councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, the bill’s main sponsor.

Thirteen cities in the U.S. allow noncitizens to cast ballots in local elections, including 11 towns in Maryland and two in Vermont.

Noncitizens still can’t vote in federal elections or in state elections that pick the governor, judges, and legislators.


New York City’s noncitizens will soon be allowed to vote in local elections

2 comments on NYC Allows Noncitizens to Vote in Local Elections

  1. Louise Benedetto says:

    That is Unconstitutional to allow Biden’s illegal immigrants to vote under any circumstances! Who approved it?

    1. Louise Benedetto says:

      It is against Constitutional law to allow any illegal immigrants to vote in the United States. This issue has to be voted on, no mandates.

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