New York City’s City Council is now debating legislation that has conservatives very concerned.
The bill would allow non-citizens to vote in elections.
Mayor de Blasio has vowed to pass the bill as long as the City Council gets it on his desk before the year ends.
An estimated 800,000 non-citizens are residing in New York City that would quality to vote under the new legislation.
The bill would allow these individuals to vote in all local elections.
When de Blasio was asked what he would do regarding the legislation, he stated, “This is something the council has decided to do.
“It’s a democracy — certainly not something I’d be intending to veto, but it’s also not something I’m sure is the right way to go about this.”
We have seen legislation like this passed in other cities, but New York would be, by far, the largest city to enact such legislation.
If passed, non-citizens could cast a vote for mayor, comptroller, public advocate, borough president, city council, and any city ballot initiative.
A lot of people are keeping their eye on how this proceeds, as there is similar legislation on the docket in cities in California, Maine, Illinois, and Massachusetts.
Even if the legislation does not get passed before de Blasio leaves office, Mayor-elect Eric Adams has also expressed his support for the bill.
He recently stated, “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 our priorities are for the future.”
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