New York City is urging the Supreme Court to allow more than 800,000 non-citizens to vote.

New York City Council Pushes for Non-Citizen Voting Rights

New York City has recently made headlines for its controversial decision to distribute prepaid debit cards to illegal immigrants. Now, the city council is pushing for over 800,000 non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to have the right to vote in local elections.

According to Yahoo, the New York City Council is seeking to reverse recent court rulings that struck down a law allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections. An appeals court in February deemed the election law, passed by the council in 2021, unconstitutional. This law would have granted voting rights to upwards of 800,000 green card holders.

Council spokesperson Rendy Desamours defended the law, stating, “The Council passed Local Law 11 of 2022 to enfranchise 800,000 New Yorkers who live in our city, pay taxes, and contribute to our communities.” Desamours emphasized the importance of civic engagement and democracy in empowering New Yorkers to participate in the local democratic process.

The case will now head to the New York Court of Appeals for further consideration. Mayor Eric Adams, a supporter of the law, has not commented on the appeal as of now. GOP House Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, a plaintiff in the lawsuit that led to the law being struck down, expressed concerns about preserving the integrity of the election system and urged the city to focus on the needs of hardworking New Yorkers instead of joining the appeal.

This is not the first time such a law has been proposed in New York City. A similar attempt during Bill DeBlasio’s tenure as mayor in 2021 was also rejected by the courts. Malliotakis emphasized the need to protect the voices of American citizens and ensure that non-citizens do not have the ability to participate in elections.

The outcome of the appeal will be closely monitored by both proponents and opponents of non-citizen voting rights. Critics argue that allowing non-citizens to vote undermines the democratic process and dilutes the voices of legal citizens. On the other hand, proponents believe that extending voting rights to non-citizens is a step towards inclusivity and diversity in governance.

As the debate continues, the future of non-citizen voting rights in New York City hangs in the balance. The decision of the New York Court of Appeals will ultimately determine whether non-citizens will be able to exercise their right to vote in local elections. Stay tuned for updates on this evolving story.