New York City officials are making a play to give non-citizens the right to vote in local elections. The City Council is moving to pass a bill in December to give the vote to 800,000 New Yorkers who are not citizens.
This would allow non-citizens to register in political parties and vote in local elections if they hold green cards or have working visas. The only additional requirement for non-citizens is that they have been residents of New York City for a mere 30 days.
City Council expects to pass this bill, according to the New York Times, by a “veto-proof margin,” meaning that it will pass against progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio’s objections. That vote is anticipated on December 9.