From the Daily News:
New York would be the first major city in the U.S. to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections under a bill before a City Council committee Thursday.
The bill would let immigrants living here legally for at least six months cast votes for mayor and other municipal offices.
The sponsor, Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Queens), said it’s unfair to deny voting rights to law-abiding noncitizens who pay taxes: “They contribute to society but are ultimately disenfranchised because they cannot vote.”
But Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens) said the proposed six-month residency requirement is not long enough. “Someone in the country that short a time doesn’t have a stake in the future of the city,” he said.
Mayor Bloomberg opposes the bill, in part because it violates state law which makes citizenship a requirement to vote.
The Board of Elections said the noncitizen immigration bill would create a logistical nightmare — one ballot for local races, another for state and national contests.
"The Mayor believes voting is the most important right we are granted as citizens and you should have to go through the process of becoming a citizen and declaring allegiance to this country before being given that right," spokeswoman Evelyn Erskine said.
But supporters said the city has the right to determine who can vote in its own elections.
The Board of Elections said the bill would create a logistical nightmare — one ballot for local races, another for state and national contests.