New York City grants noncitizens voting rights in local elections
The New York City Council voted 33-14 on Thursday to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections starting in 2023.
Why it matters: Advocates say immigrants who live in the city, pay taxes and participate in its communities should be able to help decide local leaders. The city is the largest municipality to approve such a measure, Washington Post reports.
- Noncitizens who are legally documented and of voting age make up nearly one in nine of the city's voting-age population, according to a local NBC News affiliate.
Details: Roughly 800,000 noncitizens will now be allowed to cast ballots for the mayor, city council members and other municipal offices, per NBC.
- They will remain ineligible to vote in state and federal elections.
What to watch: Republicans have vowed to challenge the measure, claiming it violates the state's constitution and election law.
- Mayor Bill de Blasio has also raised concerns about its legality, though he has said he won't veto it.