NEW YORK - Illinois is now registering voters online and allowing same day voting - another chapter in making it easier to vote. But will the Illinois General Assembly try what they're considering in New York?
Illinois already offers drivers licenses as well as in-state tuition fees for illegal immigrants and provides medical care without residency proof in its KidCare program - but it does not yet offer legal voter registration. However, no proof of citizenship is required when registering to vote. The registrants word is all that is required.
Last week, Bronx State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Brooklyn Assemblyman Karim Camara introduced legislation granting full citizenship rights to undocumented immigrants living in New York.
The bill will grant the right to vote in state and local elections, college financial aid, access to Medicare, drivers’ licenses, medical and chiropractic licenses and full civil rights protections to the three million-odd foreign nationals currently living illegally in New York State.
The immigrants would be required to show proof of identity, proof they have lived in the state for three years, proof they have paid state taxes for three years, proof they have and will continue to obey state laws and a willingness to do jury duty.
Mr. Rivera openly admitted, however, that the proposal will almost certainly not overcome opposition in conservative quarters of the state, but argued it was a worthwhile effort nonetheless. A similar bill has been offered in the New York City Council.
“This is a bold idea. And we do not expect anything to pass quickly. But this sets things in motion,” Mr. Rivera, comparing the legislation to the push to legalize same-sex marriage, said at a press conference in Battery Park.
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