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New bill could give illegal aliens voting rights in New York City

New legislation is being pushed that would give illegal aliens the right to vote in New York City’s 2017 elections for mayor, comptroller, public advocate, borough president and City Council, The Post has learned.

The proposal — which is winning support from the city’s black and Hispanic activists — was recently discussed at a Black and Latino Legislative Caucus event in Albany.

“We want to expand the right to vote for everybody, not suppress the vote. What a radical idea,” said Bertha Lewis, head of the Black Institute, which is part of a coalition of immigration-rights groups campaigning for the bill. She said it is expected to be introduced this spring.

There are an estimated 1.3 million noncitizen residents in the city, about 500,000 of whom are undocumented. Neither the documented green-card holders nor the illegal aliens are allowed to vote.

Queens Councilman Dan Dromm submitted legislation several years ago to extend voting rights to “lawful residents” — noncitizens with green cards. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was a co-sponsor of the bill, which has never been put up for a vote.

Lewis, whose Black Institute advocates for African and Caribbean immigrants, said such rights should be expanded to cover the mostly minority, undocumented immigrants who work hard, raise families and contribute billions of dollars to the city’s economy.

She sees it as an extension of Mayor de Blasio’s Municipal ID card offered to all residents — including those who are undocumented.

“People want to come out of the shadows,” Lewis said.

Lewis has had conversations with legislators including Viverito, Dromm and Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, among others, about expanding rights to illegal aliens.

A Viverito spokesman noted that the council supports extending voting rights to green-card holders, but he stopped short Sunday of saying she would back voting rights for illegal immigrants.

Williams, however, endorsed the proposal.

“There will be a lot of support for it in the City Council. We want people to participate in civic life and be invested in what happens. It will lead to a healthier community,” said Williams.

But state Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long panned the idea, saying liberals may be pushing noncitizen voting to boost Democratic Party enrollment and “buy votes.”

“This is outrageous . . . American Citizens have the right to determine the destiny of towns, villages, cities, states and the country,” Long said.

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Comment by Dennis on February 25, 2016 at 8:41pm
These people are crazy. How can non citizens be allowed to vote. I don't think the constitution would allow this. All of the citizens should get together and vote who ever thou tog this out of office. That would be a step in the right direction.
Comment by Big Woman on February 25, 2016 at 3:57pm
Neither are idiots. NYC City Council Jumane Williams is a very intelligent and capable politician I am glad to have him representing us. That doesn't mean I agree with their stance on the voting issue. Let him know you disagree by call or email theCouncilman Jumame Williams reps central Brooklyn . I know he always welcomes input.
Sidebar: He was arrested very roughly by the police a few years ago at the Carribean Labour day parade by cops who didn't know who he was.
Comment by Robert on February 25, 2016 at 3:39pm
The countries these non documented individuals come from would never allow this but they expect for it here?
Comment by The Future on February 25, 2016 at 1:16pm
And the would put these two jackasses to be the ones that are for it, got damn idiots, for sure.......
Comment by Cee Gee on February 25, 2016 at 1:13pm

SMH.....really bad idea.

Comment by Al3x on February 25, 2016 at 9:04am

Black idiots.

Comment by El-Bull on February 24, 2016 at 6:30pm

And black coons are pushing for this, slitting their own throats in the process by giving illegal Latinos power to over take Black as a whole, knowing Latinos don't like and are racist towards  blacks as is it is---THEY ARE LETTING THE FOX INTO THE HENHOUSE

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