Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and several lawmakers are pushing the City Council to revisit a bill that would give noncitizen immigrants who legally reside in the Big Apple the right to vote in city elections — possibly in time for this year’s mayoral contest.
The current iteration of the Council legislation seeks to revise the City Charter to permit voting by those it describes as “municipal voters,” a designation that would include immigrants with lawful permanent residency or work authorization who’ve been living in the city for 30 days or longer.
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. “Especially now during COVID, as immigrant communities face inequities that have led to unequal death and devastation in their communities, it is our moral and democratic responsibility to enfranchise taxpaying, hardworking legal immigrants and give them the voice they deserve.”
Adams, who is running for mayor, and City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, the bill’s sponsor, are planning to make their renewed push for the bill’s passage public Tuesday. Adams is calling on his opponents in the mayoral race to join him in supporting the proposal.