New York City is on the verge of allowing hundreds of thousands of noncitizens to vote in municipal elections. However, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and incoming mayor Eric Adams disagree on the passage of the bill.
The proposed bill would allow green card holders and those with work authorization to register to vote and take part in citywide elections through the creation of a separate voter registration. Adams has supported the bill’s passage while Mayor de Blasio has been more hesitant.
Fox News reports:
“We cannot be a beacon to the world and continue to attract the global talent, energy and entrepreneurship that has allowed our city to thrive for centuries if we do not give immigrants a vote in how this city is run and what our priorities are for the future,” Adams said in February, according to the New York Daily News.
De Blasio, meanwhile, said on “The Brian Lehrer Show” in September that there are “two problems” with the bill.
“One, I don’t believe it is legal. Our law department is very clear on this,” the mayor said. “I really believe this has to be decided at the state level, according to state law.”
The other issue, he said, is that it undermines efforts to get people to become citizens.