NYC Weighs Allowing Green-Card Holders to Vote

NEW YORK (AP) -

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 was held Thursday on a plan to allow people who are in the country legally but aren’t citizens to vote, as many as  800,000 people.

“When all contributing members of our society can participate, democracy is better served and everyone benefits,” said the bill’s sponsor, Councilman Daniel Dromm.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is opposed to the proposal. He “believes voting is the most important right we are granted as citizens, and you should have to go through the process of becoming a citizen and delcaring allegiance to this country before being given that right,” Bloomberg spokeswoman Evelyn Ersine said in a statement.

Dromm, a Queens Democrat, says the proposal has enough support to override a veto. Council Speaker Christine Quinn hasn’t taken a position on the proposal.