NYC Council set to pass voting rights for green card holders


The New York City Council is set to approve legislation that would allow non-citizens to participate in municipal elections, expanding eligibility to vote for key Big Apple posts to green card holders and recipients of deferred action.

The measure — sponsored by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) — has a veto-proof majority in the body, but questions linger over the council’s legal authority to allow immigrants who have not yet become citizens to vote for mayor, city comptroller and the council.

It would not cover state and federal contests.

An estimated 660,000 green card recipients live in the five boroughs, according to a 2018 report from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

The measure is set for a Dec. 9 vote, Rodriguez confirmed to The Post.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his daily briefing Tuesday that he would not veto the legislation if passed — but once again reiterated that he did not believe the council had the power to enforce the legislation if passed.

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