According to a new report from the folks over at Politico, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose term in office will end come January 1, 2022, has stated that if a new piece of legislation that enables noncitizens the right to vote in local elections is passed through city council, before he leaves office, he will not veto it.
It’s looking more and more likely that the bill will end up passing, as the council announced on Tuesday of this week there is a supermajority of supporters for the bill, which is set to come to a vote on December 9.
The new bill will permit legal permanent residents, or those who are legally authorized to work here in the U.S. who have lived in the city for a minimum of 30 straight days, which is around 800,000 people — to vote in city elections.
Which basically means that the left has all but sealed the deal for the city of New York to never, ever again be under GOP control.
This would include elections for mayor, comptroller, public advocate, borough president, city council, and any city ballot initiative, although it would not affect state or federal elections.
New York would be the largest city in the country to pass such a bill, although smaller towns in Maryland and Vermont already allow noncitizens some local voting rights, Politico reported. Additional cities in California, Maine, Illinois, and Massachusetts are considering similar legislation.
Other states, however, have gone the opposite direction, with Alabama, Colorado, and Florida having passed ballot measures ensuring that only citizens can vote.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams has said he backs the bill, telling the New York Daily News earlier this year that “We cannot be a beacon to the world and continue to attract the global talent, energy, and entrepreneurship that has allowed our city to thrive for centuries if we do not give immigrants a vote in how this city is run and what our priorities are for the future.”
However, Mayor de Blasio stated during a news conference held on Tuesday that he was only recently made aware that the city council had plans to bring up the legislation for a vote before the end of the year.
“This is something the council has decided to do,” he remarked. “It’s a democracy — certainly not something I’d be intending to veto, but it’s also not something I’m sure is the right way to go about this.”