From 2023, about 800 thousand residents of the megalopolis with a green card or work permit will be able to participate in the elections.
The New York City Council on Thursday approved a law giving the right to vote in local elections to residents of the city who do not have U.S. citizenship. This was reported by The New York Times.
As a result, about 800 thousand residents of the metropolis with a green card or work permit will be able to participate in the will from 2023. This is a record for a municipality in the United States for the number of people without American citizenship with the right to vote. Earlier, a similar measure was introduced on a more modest scale in a number of cities in Maine, Illinois, and Massachusetts, so that the elected authorities more fully reflect urban demographics. Illegal migrants who do not have the legal right to be in the United States will not be able to vote in local elections.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not veto the decision of the city council. However, he remains in office only until December 31 – on the first day of the New Year, Eric Adams will take the post of mayor. He expressed support for the right of green card holders to participate in local elections but expressed doubts that the city council could give them such permission, equalizing their rights with U.S. citizens. The struggle over this step threatens to become the first clash between the new mayor, who adheres to moderate political positions, and progressives in the legislature.