By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A bill allowing noncitizen residents to vote in New York City has become law.

The City Council approved the “Our City, Our Vote” bill in December and the 30-day time limit for the mayor to take action against the bill expired at midnight Sunday.

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More than 800,000 noncitizens will be able to vote in local elections as soon as next year.

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In a statement, Mayor Eric Adams said, “While I initially had some concerns about one aspect of the bill, I had a productive dialogue with my colleagues in government that put those concerns at ease. I believe allowing the legislation to be enacted is by far the best choice, and look forward to bringing millions into the democratic process.”

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New York is the most populous city in the U.S. to grant voting rights to noncitizens.

CBSNewYork Team