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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. 

“You’re talking about, for Haitian immigrants, professional opportunities, job development,” said Pierre, who is married with three children. “If I can get my kids a good education, that’s even better.”

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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.