NYC Campaign Archive

  • Report on Noncitizen Voting in NYC

    Report on Noncitizen Voting in NYC

    This report was prepared as part of the capstone project that students complete in their final semester. It was written by Ramon Jimenez, James Suggett, and Gregory Werhner under the guidance of Matt Bitz, their faculty advisor, and Citizens Union, a nonpartisan good-government group dedicated to making democracy work for all New Yorkers. Download: Noncitizen […]

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  • NYC council members gearing up to give 1 million non-citizens voting rights

    NYC council members gearing up to give 1 million non-citizens voting rights

    April 6, 2015 – examiner.com New York City officials announced on Monday, they are strongly considering allowing non-citizen legal residents the right to vote in local elections. The City Council has begun drafting legislation to let noncitizens vote in New York City’s municipal elections, a move that could strengthen immigrants in races across the five […]

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  • More Than A Million New Yorkers May Get The Right To Vote For The First Time

    More Than A Million New Yorkers May Get The Right To Vote For The First Time

    Think Progress – BY KIRA LERNER New York City could soon give more than one million of its noncitizen residents the right to vote in local elections. The city council is currently drafting legislation that could be introduced as soon as this spring which would permit noncitizens who are legally documented residents to vote in […]

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  • Non-citizens in New York City could soon be given the right to vote

    Non-citizens in New York City could soon be given the right to vote

    The Guardian – By Kanishk Tharoor New York City is routinely described as a “global hub”, a place so thoroughly penetrated by international capital and migration that it seems at once within and without the United States. It is the centre of American commerce and media, but its politics, demographics and worldly outlook make the […]

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  • Non-citizen voting step in right direction

    Non-citizen voting step in right direction

    WSN Editorial Board March 26, 2015 The New York City council is currently drafting a bill that will allow non-citizens with legal immigration status to vote in municipal elections. If passed, New York City would become the largest of just eight jurisdictions in the nation that permit non-citizens to vote. The proposal is being spearheaded […]

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  • Response to AM-NY Editorial Board article published March 23, 2015

    Response to AM-NY Editorial Board article published March 23, 2015

    In your March 23, 2015 editorial (“Don’t let noncitizens vote in NYC elections“) you state, in regard to citizenship, “Exercising the democratic right of voting should be a reward for that commitment.” But there are many ways that New Yorkers show their commitment to this city – by paying taxes, by being concerned and thoughtful […]

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  • NYC Council to decide on letting noncitizens vote in local elections

    NYC Council to decide on letting noncitizens vote in local elections

    Newsday March 22, 2015 8:10 PM By MATTHEW CHAYES matthew.chayes@newsday.com The City Council is drafting legislation to let noncitizens vote in New York City’s municipal elections, a move that could bolster the clout of recent immigrants in races across the five boroughs. The policy, if enacted, would make the city one of just eight jurisdictions in […]

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  • De Blasio won’t commit on proposal for immigrants to vote in NYC

    De Blasio won’t commit on proposal for immigrants to vote in NYC

    By Yoav Gonen – November 15, 2014 | 4:54am Mayor de Blasio is about to get another political hot potato tossed his way — courtesy of his lefty pals on the City Council. Council member Daniel Dromm (D-Queens) is set to introduce legislation as early as January that would allow non-citizens who are in the […]

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  • NYC Council may again consider bill to allow voting by noncitizens

    NYC Council may again consider bill to allow voting by noncitizens

    Updated November 14, 2014 9:45 PM By MATTHEW CHAYES  matthew.chayes@newsday.com Noncitizen New Yorkers would be allowed to vote in municipal elections, under a bill to be introduced before the City Council that could by one estimate enfranchise 800,000 new voters. Details of the legislation were sparse Friday, but a previous version would have permitted noncitizens […]

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  • Why Restoring Municipal Voting Rights for Legal Residents is a Great Idea for NYC

    Why Restoring Municipal Voting Rights for Legal Residents is a Great Idea for NYC

    It Strengthens Democracy We live in a democracy, yet 1 in 5 adult New Yorkers (approximately 1 million people) live here legally but are denied the right to vote in city elections because of their citizenship status. Voting embodies the principles of equality and freedom that define a democracy. Nothing in our state or federal […]

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