2.22.2007

NYC: Coalition Seeks Vote for Legal Noncitizens

In another "Only in NYC" stories, The New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights is advocating to allow legal non-citizens to vote in New York City elections.

According to The Immigrant Voting Project, noncitizen immigrant voting was a common feature of American political life during the first 150 years of U.S. history. Now the idea is being re-introduced in America. More than 40 countries around the world immigrants already have voting rights.

"This is taxation without representation!” said Chuck Mohan, Executive Director of Guyanese-American Workers United. “Collectively, immigrant New Yorkers pay more than $18.2 billion annually in New York State income taxes, but they have no say in how that tax money is spent.”