Advocates await appeals court ruling on non-citizen voting rights

Local Law 11-2022, passed in 2021, aimed to grant legal permanent residents, including green card holders, the right to vote in local races. However, Republican opposition led to a state Supreme Court ruling against the law.

Edric Robinson

Apr 15, 2024, 11:26 PM

Updated 37 days ago

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The New York City Council is pushing forward in its battle for non-citizen voting rights, determined to overturn the recent setback of Local Law 11.
"We are fighters, we advocate for what we know is right," said Eva Santos Veloz, a staunch advocate and litigant in the appeal case.
Local Law 11-2022, passed in 2021, aimed to grant legal permanent residents, including green card holders, the right to vote in local races. However, Republican opposition led to a state Supreme Court ruling against the law.
Veloz emphasizes that she’s not just fighting for herself, but for thousands in the city believed to be close to 800,000.
“To be able to have a voice in local city elections where we can make changes to education, make decisions on our safety which is something really critical at this moment,” said Veloz.
Despite the setback, advocates remain resolute. Veloz, a DACA recipient from the Dominican Republic, says her three kids are a big reason she advocates for the law.
“I want to have a say in their education and in their future and what these elected officials have at heart for my kids,” said Veloz.
Voting is something she says her mother has never been able to do in the 40 years she’s lived in the city.
“She was also undocumented now she’s a green card holder and still doesn’t have a say,” she added.
As the legal battle continues, advocates eagerly await the decision of the New York City Court of Appeals. They remain hopeful for a positive outcome and aim to be heard on this crucial issue before the year's end.


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