Immigrants, including naturalized citizens, have opportunities to make their voice heard.
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The municipal voting law allows New Yorkers who meet all other voting criteria the ability to vote in city-only elections, if they have a green card or have work authorization.
The law is not in effect yet. The law will go into effect December 9, 2022 and will apply to elections on or after January 9, 2023.
You cannot register to vote yet. There will be a new registration process for noncitizen voters.
Under the new law, you will be eligible to vote in city elections if:
Eligible noncitizens who register to vote can only vote in city elections. That means you can only vote in elections for mayor, comptroller, public advocate, city council member, borough president, and citywide ballot measures. This includes primaries, and special, general, and run-off elections for city officials. Noncitizens cannot vote in state or federal elections.
If you need legal help, call our ActionNYC hotline at 800-354-0365. We can connect you to free and safe immigration legal services.
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.
For more information please visit the City Council's Participatory Budgeting page and the Civic Engagement Commission's Participatory Budgeting page
Voting is an important way to have your voice heard. Learn more about the difference that a voice can make.