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Election workers man an early voting site at Erasmus Hall High School, in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood, in June 2021. Photo by Sam Bojarski

NEW YORK — The New York City Council has paved the way for some non-citizen residents to vote in local elections, a move that could apply to over 23,000 Haitians in the city. 

“This is a big win for New Yorkers, this is a big win for the immigrant community,” said Lovely Pierre, a Canarsie resident who serves fellow immigrants through a local church. Pierre said job development and education are issues that could bring new voters to the polls. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.