Noncitizens Will Soon Be Able to Vote in New York City

Noncitizens Will Soon Be Able to Vote in New York City

(ReliableNews.org) – In every election, there are concerns noncitizens might cast ballots. Many Americans fear the idea of voter fraud changing the results of an election. New York City is on the cusp of fixing this problem — by changing its laws to allow undocumented immigrants to vote in some races.

NYC is trying to pass a measure that would allow roughly 800,000 noncitizens to vote. The migrants must be legally permitted in the US before they can cast their ballots. Dreamers, or young people under DACA protections, migrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, will be allowed to vote as well. However, neither group will be permitted to vote in state or federal elections but may vote in local elections for mayor, city council, and municipal offices. More than a dozen other cities already have similar laws.

According to reports, the City Council supports the proposal. On December 9, the legislators are expected to pass the measure. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has expressed doubts about whether the legislation is a good idea. In November, the Democrat said he thought the bill would undermine the “value of citizenship” and they might not see a reason to become citizens of the US.

Republican Councilman Joseph Borelli is vehemently opposed to the proposal. He told the New York Times last month that he doesn’t think “temporary residents” should have a say in how the city will raise taxes, pay debt, or decide other important issues.

What do you think, should noncitizens have the right to vote in local elections?

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