Watershed moment in NYC: New law allows non-citizens to vote

Noncitizen Voters NYC
Posted at 12:48 PM, Jan 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-09 13:48:47-05

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 800,000 non-citizens and “Dreamers” in New York City will have access to the ballot box as soon as next year after Mayor Eric Adams allowed legislation approved by the City Council to automatically become law.

While there was some question whether Adams could stop the bill from becoming law, the 30-day time limit for the mayor to take action expired at the stroke of midnight.

Opponents have said they plan to challenge the law in court.

Unless courts intervene, New York City becomes the first major U.S. city to grant widespread municipal voting rights to non-citizens.

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