NYC City Council gives noncitizens voting rights

The New York City Council has followed through on their plan to grant voting rights to the vast majority of the metropolis’ documented non-citizens. On January 9th, 2023, the city’s Green Card holders, as well as holders of work authorizations, Deferred Action status (DACA), or Temporary Protected Status (TPS), will be allowed to register to vote in municipal elections. NYC Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, who sponsored the legislation, says, “During the height of the pandemic, it was our immigrant New Yorkers who kept New York City running. Over half of our front-line essential workers are immigrants and approximately 1 in 5 are non-citizen New Yorkers… They have all earned the right to participate in our city elections.” 

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