NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s a push in the New York City Council to allow non-U.S. citizens to vote in citywide elections.
The measure sponsored by Queens councilman Daniel Dromm would allow legal non-citizen residents of New York City to vote in municipal elections. The proposal came up for a hearing Thursday.
“These are people who work, they have jobs, they pay taxes. To not allow them to vote violates the fundamental principle upon which this country was founded and that is, no taxation without representation. These people are paying taxes, these people are contributing to society. They deserve and they demand the right to vote in municipal elections,” Dromm told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.
Dromm estimates his proposal would give 800,000 legal resident non-citizens the right to vote. They would not be able to cast a ballot in state or federal elections.