Noncitizens Right to Vote Becomes Law in New York City
Starting next year, over 8000,000 legal permanent residents in New York will be eligible to vote in municipal elections. The measure applies to legal residents, including those with green cards, and so-called Dreamers who were brought to the country illegally as children but were allowed to remain under a federal program known as DACA. Although the City Council approved the bill last month, New York law provides the mayor the opportunity to veto it within 30 days. Without any action, the bill passes into law automatically, as happened with this measure.
Mayor Eric Adams stated, “I believe that New Yorkers should have a say in their government, which is why I have and will continue to support this important legislation.”