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NYC’s Adams Appeals Decision to Block Green-Card Holders From Voting

In June, a judge said a law that would allow non-citizen residents to vote violated the state constitution.

Voters wait in line to vote at the Brooklyn Museum polling site during the New York City mayoral primary election in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

Voters wait in line to vote at the Brooklyn Museum polling site during the New York City mayoral primary election in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg
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The fight to give New York City residents who have green cards and temporary work visas the ability to vote lives on.

On Friday, Mayor Eric Adams and the City Council filed an appeal defending Local Law 11, which would allow an estimated 800,000 people to vote in municipal elections. That’s in response to a June ruling by Richmond County State Supreme Court Justice Ralph Porzio that found the law violated the state constitution, in a suit brought by plaintiffs including Staten Island borough president Vito Fossella and New York City Council minority leader Joseph Borelli.