Things that are Dumb: Voting rights for non-citizens -
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Originally published in the June 2015 Juniper Berry Magazine

Things that are Dumb: Voting rights for non-citizens

Council Member Daniel Dromm (inset) wants to allow non-citizens to vote in NYC elections.

We might change this section of the magazine to Things that are Dromm after this one ‒ Council Member Daniel Dromm, who represents South Elmhurst as part of his district, has introduced a bill that would allow green card holders the right to vote in NYC elections. Although the issue is being framed as a matter of fairness it's really being done to keep NYC a one-party city and to keep politicians' pockets lined with campaign cash. We would love to know where Danny thinks we are going to get the money to set up a separate system to track who can vote in just local municipal elections, since state and federal law prohibits non-citizen voting and this bill would have no bearing on that. Another question which needs to be answered is whether this bill would allow non-citizens to donate to local candidates, which is currently prohibited. We suspect that the answer is yes and that is the drive behind this proposal.

June 2015 Juniper Berry Magazine

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