NYC Mayor Eric Adams stands in support of a bill that would allow 800,000 law-abiding citizens to vote: ‘This is essential’


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New York City Mayor Eric Adams stood in support of legislation passed by the City Council on Sunday, which allows about 800,000 lawmakers to vote in local elections.

Adams, who was sworn in on January 1, appeared on LOVEBYLIFE “State of the Union” And he was asked why he changed his mind by supporting the “Our City, Our Vote” bill, which became law on Sunday.

NYC mayor says he supports recently passed legislation that allows 800,000 non-citizens to vote

“I didn’t change my mind,” Adams said. “I supported the concept of the bill.”

File – New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks at a news conference on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 in Brooklyn Borough, New York. In New York City, more than 800,000 non-citizens and so-called dreamers have access to the ballot box, and can vote in the 2023 municipal elections after Adams allows legislation approved by the City Council a month ago to become law on Sunday, January 9, 2022. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig, File)

Adams said his concern is a piece of legislation that requires non-citizens to live in the city for at least 30 days.

After talking to colleagues and listening to his views, he decided that “it is more important not to veto the bill or disrupt it in any way. Let the bill go ahead.”

“I think it’s imperative that people in the local municipality have the right to decide who governs them,” Adams said.

After anchor Jake Tapper Adams asked if the bill was “mocking American citizenship,” the mayor said he was still encouraging people to continue the process to become citizens.

“It’s a great opportunity to be a member of this great country,” Adams said. “Don’t let anything intimidate you or distract you from that mission. This legislation is not going to do that. Be a citizen of this country.”

The first elections to allow non-citizens to vote in 2023.

Non-citizens are still unable to vote for the president or members of Congress in federal races or state elections where governors, judges and legislators are elected.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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