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Coalition of Voting Rights Advocates to Express Support for Expanding Municipal Voting Rights to All Legal NYC Residents

Pressenza Press Agency – On Monday, November 1st, 2010 the NY Coalition to Expand Voting Rights is holding a press conference from 11:30AM to 12:30 PM in front of the Manhattan Board of Elections (32 Broadway—N, R trains to Rector) to protest the fact that one out of every five New Yorkers has no voice in the decision-making process that affects their daily lives. 1.3 million legal residents who pay taxes at the same rate as their citizen neighbors, contribute to the local economy and send their children to public schools are unable to vote for the elected officials who will determine how their tax dollars are spent. “For the first 150 years of this country’s history, non-citizens voted in federal, state and local elections,” says Political Science Professor Ron Hayduk of Borough of Manhattan Community College and author of Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting Rights in the United States. “But as new and different kinds of immigrants came to America, a nativist backlash led to the elimination of this democratic practice. Thankfully, today dozens of municipalities from coast to coast are reexamining what it means to be a stake-holder in one’s community and are moving to reverse this discriminatory barrier to civic participation.” The NY Coalition to Expand Voting Rights is a group working to change New York City law to restore the right to vote in municipal elections for all documented residents. Full Article

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