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New York City Considers Giving Non-Citizens The Right To Vote…
Quote:ON THURSDAY, non-citizen, immigrant voting will return to New York City’s political agenda.

The City Council Committee on Immigration and the Committee on Government Relations will hold a join hearing tomorrow on non-citizen permanent resident voting in municipal elections. Council Immigration Committee Chair Daniel Dromm is leading the Council’s effort, along with Government Relations Committee Chair Gail Brewer.

Proponents of immigrant voting say that they have a veto-proof majority of Council members who favor the proposal. The last major effort to allow non-citizen voting, in 2004, failed. Proponents are hoping for a different result this year.

Many experts question whether the Council has the authority to grant permanent residents voting rights. Deciding who, when and where individuals can vote has been seen as a power held by the New York State Legislature.

But some noted authorities think that New York City can allow non-citizen voting without state action. Among them are the New York County Bar Association, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Queens College Prof. Ronald Hayduk, a leading expert on immigrant voting issues, agrees. Proponents have an uphill fight in the New York State Legislature, so if the Council votes to make non-citizen voting New York City law, the courts will likely have the last word.
It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
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