Lawmakers out in New York City are started to push for a move that would open up voting in local municipal elections to groups of almost 900,000 non-citizen residents which includes green-card holders and many others.
Members of The City Council are currently expected to allow the legislation to pass, titled “Our City, Our Vote,” by the 9th of December which will set the New York City elections and all current ballot initiatives to be influenced by the city’s non-citizen population groups. Approval of the legislation would set New York City as the largest municipality within the United States to allow any non-citizens the power to vote, as reported by The New York Times.
One member of the council stated that New York City is making itself a model for Democrats as Republicans start election reforms in states such as Georgia, Florida, and Texas.
“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” stated Ydanis Rodriguez, a NYC councilman.
This attempt to give non-citizens the right to vote in New York City has been in the works for almost two years and has been slowed down significantly by extreme legal concerns. Bill de Blasio, the outgoing Democrat mayor of NYC, has put forth his skepticism about the new law’s legal standing while also taking steps to claim that allowing any non-citizens to vote will erode the incentives to go through the process to be an American citizen. Despite all of this, De Blasio has also stated that he would sign the bill into law if it makes it through the council.
Eric Adams, the current mayor-elect, is slated to take office this coming January and has made sure to openly support this new order.
The push from the city for election reform crops up as GOP-run states have started passing a bevy of election integrity measures in the wake of the 2020 election that raised concerns about the standard election procedures that were revamped as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Georgia was one of the very first of these states to pass reform for its election processes in an attempt to re-establish trust in its electoral system, which was signed into law this past March by Gov. Brian Kemp (R). The reforms in Georgia created a big controversy and ignited backlash from sects of progressive critics who stated that the reforms were just another rehash of old Jim Crow laws.