NYC councilman introduces bill to allow non-citizens the right to vote in municipal elections

1010 WINS Newsroom
January 23, 2020 - 7:41 pm
Ydanis Rodriguez



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, introduced a bill Thursday that aims to expand voting rights to non-U.S. citizens. 

"This is about giving hard workers, New Yorkers, who have a green card, a working permit, who contribute by paying taxes, to have the opportunity to have the right to elect their representative, to be able to elect mayor, public advocate, controller, borough president and council members," Rodriguez told 1010 WINS' Jim Powers Thursday.

An immigrant from the Dominican Republic who arrived in the U.S. with as Green Card in 1983, Rodriguez tweeted, "No Taxation without Representation! Immigrants here with green cards and workers permit deserve to pick their local representatives! This is about expanding their rights as residents. Empowering them with the ability to vote will have major impacts on under-served communities!"

The bill would give the right to vote in municipal elections to NYC residents who are legal permanents -- essentially Green Card holders -- or those who have work authorization. 

Rodriguez said that nearly one million city residents cannot vote in local elections because they are not U.S. citizens -- despite paying taxes. 

He expects the bill to pass since it has majority support on the Council.