New York City votes non-citizens into local elections

Tens of thousands of New York City residents were scheduled to have their votes cancelled on Tuesday when a law mandating the election of non-citizens to vote in local elections went into effect on Tuesday.

New York City’s mayor Bill de Blasio, who opposed the law, argues that holding elections without election laws “creates a lower standard for dealing with undocumented New Yorkers.” So, on November 6, every New York City resident will be entitled to vote in the mayoral election, City Council elections, and some local court races.

Both President Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, have repeatedly expressed their dislike of the measure. Michael Cohen reportedly pushed President Trump not to sign the legislation, calling it “terrible for New York City” and stating that it “gives unfair opportunities to tens of thousands of non-citizens.” But the mayor refused to abandon the legislation, which has since become law.

New York is one of two states (along with California) that guarantee the right to vote to all citizens, regardless of citizenship status. Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are the only other states that do not, the Daily Beast notes.

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