Saturday, January 15, 2011

Extending Municipal Voting Rights to Legal Immigrants in NYC -

Local Elections Matter! from I Vote NYC on Vimeo.

For more info about the campaign visit the IVote NYC website...

The NYC Voting Rights Restoration Act of 2010 (also known as Intro 410) was introduced into the NYC Council on November 18, 2010. The main sponsor is Daniel Dromm (D-25), who is the Chair of the NYC Council Immigration Committee. At least a fourteen other co-sponsors have already signed on, (co-signers:Daniel Dromm , Gale A. Brewer, Helen D. Foster, Letitia James, Brad S. Lander, Annabel Palma, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Deborah L. Rose, Jumaane D. Williams, Rosie Mendez, Julissa Ferreras, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Diana Reyna, Larry B. Seabrook) who heads the NYC Council Government Operations Committee, which has authority over election related legislation.

Text of the legislation can be found here..

Chair of the City Council Immigration Committee, Daniel Dromm (D-25) says:

It is time for our evolving democracy to embrace voting rights in local elections for all residents. We are all stakeholders in our community and should have a say in important local issues. In the words of the Revolutionary patriots who put their lives on the line for the freedoms we enjoy today, ‘No taxation without representation.’ ”

The Coalition to Expand Voting Rights continues to work with legislators and community partners to win passage of this legislation in 2011.