New York City mayor allows noncitizen voting bill to become law
Category: News & PoliticsVia: vic-eldred • 2 weeks ago • 55 comments
By: Yacob Reyes (Axios)
More than 800,000 noncitizens can vote in local elections after New York City Mayor Eric Adams allowed legislation to take effect on Sunday.
Driving the news: Adams initially expressed concern over the legislation, which the City Council approved a month ago , but the Democratic governor ultimately supported the measure and allowed his 30-day time limit to veto the bill to expire, according to AP .
Why it matters: If the implementation is not curtailed by a judge, New York City will become the first major city in the country to extend voting rights to noncitizens, per AP.
- The first elections noncitizens would be allowed to vote are in 2023 .
What they're saying: " 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," Adams said in a statement Saturday.
- While I "had some concerns about one aspect of the bill, I had a productive dialogue with my colleagues in government that put those concerns at ease."
- "I believe allowing the legislation to be enacted is by far the best choice, and look forward to bringing millions more into the democratic process," he added.
What to watch: Republicans have vowed to challenge the measure in court, claiming it violates the state's constitution and election law.