Introduction 628, The Voting Rights Restoration Act, packed
a New York City Council hearing room Monday, November 14, 2005, for
testimony to the Government Operations Committee about why the city should
enfranchise lawfully present noncitizens who have lived in the city for
more for six months or longer. New York City Council Member Bill Perkins introduced
the bill in Spring 2005.
Selected testimony follows below.
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(click on underlined names for online text)
Adolphe, Sharing Hearts Network (MSWord)
Yolanda Andersson, Humanist Center of Cultures
Maria Bacha, League of Young Voters
Thomas Duane, New York State Senate
New York University (MSWord)
Jose A. Garcia, Institute for Puerto Rican Policy
CUNY Professional Staff Congress (MSWord)
Aziz Huq, The Brennan Center/New York University
Citizens Union (MSWord)
Kamal Kaul, Sikh Coalition
former Deputy Mayor (MSWord)
Karen Meara for the Mayor's Office (pdf)
Chuck Mohan, Guyanese-American Workers United
Salas, Women of Color Policy Network (pdf)
Claudia Slovinsky New York City Bar Association
Irene Tung, Make the Road by Walking
Wucker, World Policy Institute (MSWord)
November 17, 2005
ALIEN SUFFRAGE: City Mulls Granting Voting Rights To Queens’
By ANDREW MOESEL
When she first
moved from England in 1993, Catherine James felt like she was in limbo,
one foot in her old country, the other in the often-hectic landscape of
New York City.
however, she noticed small signs of belonging. She bumped into people she
knew on the street. The local deli had her usual order waiting for her as
soon as she walked in. Slowly, the other side of the Atlantic seemed
farther and farther away, and the towering skyscrapers and endless
sidewalks became home.
still makes James feel detached from her adopted city: the fact that, as a
non-citizen, she cannot vote and therefore has no say in how it’s
governed. To her, it’s like dealing with a difficult loved one.
November 16, 2005
Lou Dobbs Tonight
Segment: Racism May Be Immigration Issue
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
'No' vote for immigrants
of Mayor Bloomberg doused cold water yesterday on a City Council bill that
would let noncitizens vote in local elections.
the mayor's director of city legislative affairs, informed the Council in
writing that the Bloomberg administration opposes the bill for "legal and
But a bevy of other witnesses testified in favor of the bill, contending
that more than 1 million - and perhaps as many as 1.4 million - New
Yorkers of voting age aren't allowed to vote because they aren't citizens.
The New York Post
November 15, 2005
"Noncitizen Vote Urged"
By FRANKIE EDOZIEN
Immigration activists packed a City Council hearing yesterday to demand
noncitizens be allowed to vote in municipal elections - an idea Mayor
Bloomberg vehemently opposes.
The council is considering whether to let residents who've been in the
city six months or longer vote in local elections......
El Diario La Prensa
15 de noviembre 2005
Concejo debate sobre el voto de inmigrantes
Por Ana Ledo/EDLP
Nueva York — El tema de reconocer el derecho al voto de los inmigrantes
legales en elecciones municipales de Nueva York comenzó ayer a ser
discutido en vistas públicas patrocinadas por el Comité de operaciones del
Gobierno del concejo municipal.
Durante tres horas los miembros del comité escucharon los testimonios de
inmigrantes legales y grupos que abogan por los derechos de estos que
discutieron cómo, entre otras cosas, los residentes legales pagan
impuestos y sirven en el ejército; por ello su participación en la
sociedad debe de ser reconocida en totalidad con el derecho al voto.
News 12 -The
November 14, 2005
Legal immigrants in the Bronx want the right to vote
THE BRONX -
Legal immigrants from the Bronx and throughout the city protested outside
of City Hall Monday to petition for equal voting rights. (with link to
streaming video. not viewable from all locations)