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New York mayor says he supports recently passed legislation allowing 800,000 non-citizens to vote

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Newly sworn-in New York City mayor Eric Adams said on Saturday he supported legislation passed by city council allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections.

“I think New Yorkers should have a say in their government, which is why I have supported and will continue to support this important legislation,” Adams, a Democrat who took office in early 2022, said in a statement. “While I initially had concerns about one aspect of the bill, I had a productive dialogue with my government colleagues that allayed those concerns. I think allowing legislation to pass is by far the best choice, and I look forward to bringing millions more into the democratic process.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams speaks during an announcement in Brooklyn Borough Hall.
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On his first day in office last week, Adams was asked about the bill and noted he was concerned about the provision that a non-citizen voter only had to be in the city for 30 days in order to vote.

The bill, known as “Our Town, Our Vote”, was approved by city council in December and would allow around 800,000 people to participate in local elections.

New York City's new mayor Eric Adams, right, arrives at a New Year's Eve celebration in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, United States, Friday, December 31, 2021. Photographer: Stephanie Keith / Bloomberg via Getty Images

New York City’s new mayor Eric Adams, right, arrives at a New Year’s Eve celebration in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, United States, Friday, December 31, 2021. Photographer: Stephanie Keith / Bloomberg via Getty Images
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The measure, which would affect green card holders and those with work permits, does not include federal or state elections and people illegally in the country would not be allowed to vote.

Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Express concerns about the bill before leaving office, but did not veto it before leaving office.

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New Yorkers who spoke to Fox News last month shared shared feelings on the bill.

“I think that’s a good idea,” a New Yorker who supported the change told Fox News. “If they live here, but have a work visa, I mean, I guess they should have a say in what’s going on in the city, right?” “

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio makes statements at a mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Bronx neighborhood of New York, New York, States United, February 5, 2021. Reuters / Carlo Allegri

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio makes statements at a mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Bronx neighborhood of New York, New York, States United, February 5, 2021. Reuters / Carlo Allegri
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Another longtime New Yorker opposed the measure, saying, “I don’t agree. Why should they? They’re not from here.”

The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson and Teny Sahakian contributed to this report

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