What is Immigrant Voting?
Widely practiced during the first 150 years of U.S. history, immigrant voting is now undergoing a revival across the United States as communities embrace the idea of universal enfranchisement. In more than 40 countries around the world, immigrants already have voting rights, which they have held for decades.
Along with the Coalition to Expand Voting Rights (www.ivotenyc.org) this section seeks to provide information about the practice of allowing immigrants to vote in local elections—often referred to as “resident voting”—as an innovative way to promote civic participation among new Americans; to give voice to one of the last disenfranchised segments of the population; and to increase governement accountability in communities with large immigrant populations.
Analyze past and current resident voting initiatives; create a network among immigrant advocates, community activists, academics and policy makers; and disseminate information through this website, publications and events. The main goal is to promote discussion of contemporary and historical voting by community residents, regardless of citizenship.