For Discussion: NYC Lawmakers Close To Approving Legislation That Would Allow Illegal Immigrants To Vote…Should Voting Rights Be Limited To Citizens Only?

- By Bossip Staff

NYC Lawmakers Considering Voting Rights For Illegal Immigrants

Lawmakers in NYC are slated to begin discussing the approval of legislation that would give illegal immigrants the right to vote.

via Fox News

Hundreds of thousands of New York City immigrants could get the right to vote in local elections under a proposal before lawmakers.

A City Council hearing is scheduled for Thursday on a plan to allow people who are in the country legally, but aren’t citizens, to vote.

Advocates estimate that could be more than 800,000 people.

Many U.S. states once let noncitizens vote, though policies changed by the 1930s. Some Maryland cities now allow it, and the idea has been floated in New York’s City Council for years.

Supporters say immigrants who pay taxes deserve to decide who spends them. Opponents say voting should be reserved for citizens.

New York state election law prohibits immigrants from voting, but supporters say the city has the right to set its own policies for local elections.

What’s your stance on this, Bossip fam? Do you think it should be up to each individual state to decide whether or not illegal residents should be able to vote in their state?

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