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Democrats Pull Bill With Typo That Would've Given Non-Citizens Right To Vote

June 23, 2019 - 3:17 pm

ALBANY (WCBS 880) – A bill on the verge of passing the New York Legislature would have given non-citizens the right to vote. It was pulled after some lawmakers noticed the mistake.

The bill would’ve created an automatic voter registration system in the state, taking New Yorkers’ info filled out at the DMV or other state offices and using it to register people to vote.

The bill passed the Senate and likely would have passed the Assembly. But some lawmakers, mostly Republicans, noticed the bill would have mistakenly given undocumented immigrants the right to vote.

Related: New York Passes Law Allowing Undocumented Immigrants To Obtain Driver’s Licenses

The Democratic leadership pulled the bill, calling it a “significant technical issue.”

Cuomo was asked whether the bill was thought through by lawmakers.

He responded: “You can’t say, ‘I have a bill that allows undocumented people to get driver’s licenses,’ and then pass a bill that says if you get a driver’s license you automatically have the right to vote.”

Cuomo said he would have vetoed the bill if it were to have passed: “I would have had to veto it, legally.”

Democrats say they’ll fix the flaw and try again next year. If it passes, it won’t be in effect until 2021.