New York City Council Votes 33-14 To Allow Non-Citizen Residents To Vote In Municipal Elections: Historic Move

The New York Times reports:

The city council here on Thursday approved a measure that will allow immigrants who are not U.S. citizens to vote for mayor and other key municipal positions, a historic move that is igniting threats of legal challenges from Republicans and hopes from Democrats that other cities will follow suit.

The council voted 33 to 14 with two abstentions and the measure immediately grants noncitizens significant leverage over a broad array of elective offices, including the mayor, city council, comptroller, the public advocate and the leaders of the city’s five boroughs who oversee issues such as zoning.

Read the full article. New York City presently has around one million adult non-citizen residents.