FACT CHECK: Non-citizens can not register to vote at the DMV under Greenlight law

Rensselaer county officials fear-mongering against immigrants to suppress voting reforms

NEW YORK, NY (07/19/2019) (readMedia)-- In response to breaking news that Rensselaer County officials will share voter roll information with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Sarah Goff, Associate Director for Common Cause/NY, issued the following statement:

"Let's get the facts straight: non-citizens can not register to vote at the DMV or anywhere else in New York state. The new "greenlight" law only permits undocumented people the ability to obtain a driver license. Period. Do Rensselaer county officials really think New Yorkers are less capable than people in 12 other states plus D.C., with similar laws differentiating between voters and drivers? No, this is just a baseless distraction designed to fearmonger against immigrants and suppress widely popular voting reforms that New Yorkers overwhelmingly support."

13 states + DC, including New York, alllow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.