New York City Voting Law

New York City Mayor Eric Adams allowed an important bill to become law last Sunday – legislation that would grant more than 800,000 non-citizens the right to vote in municipal elections. This applies to DACA recipients as well as those who have been lawful permanent residents of the city for at least 30 days. The Board of Elections will draw up an implementation plan by July, and the legislation will take effect January 9th, 2023. 

New York City is the first major U.S. city to grant municipal voting rights to noncitizens, even though dozens of small communities around the country have done the same. It is a positive step, allowing individuals affected by the political processes of their community to finally take part in them. Democracy has been made stronger by the decision, and hopefully more cities will follow this lead in granting immigrants the political power they deserve.