Legal immigrants in the Bronx want the right to vote

Legal immigrants from the Bronx and throughout the city protested outside of City Hall Monday to petition for equal voting rights.

Some protesters say it is not fair that they are expected to pay taxes to the government like every other citizen, but are not allowed the same Democratic freedoms such as voting. Advocates and non-citizens testified before the City Council in support of the Voting Rights Restoration Act. The act would allow residents and non-citizens living in the city legally for six months, who are 18 years and older, the right to vote.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NY) says he opposes the bill due to legal issues it raises and its inconsistency with the state constitution.

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