Legislators of the New York City Council will soon grant 800,000 green card holders the permission to participate as voters in municipal elections.
With a veto-safe majority, the council members will vote to approve the “Our City, Our Vote,” bill, making New York City the largest American city to allow non-Americans the ability to complete a ballot for local elections. The mission statement of the bill proposes “legislation that expands democracy in New York City” with a qualification that registered voters must be a resident of New York City “for at least 30 days” prior to registering.
Lawmakers first introduced the controversial bill two years ago, but it was stiff-armed due to a possible violation of the state’s constitution. In a September council hearing,