by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
The New York City Council wants to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections. Even outgoing far-left Mayor Bill de Blasio is hesitant about taking this step (emphasis is mine):
Councilwoman Inna Vernikov (R-Brooklyn), a native of Ukraine, said extending voting rights to non-citizens is a “slap in the face” to immigrants who worked hard to earn their citizenship, according to the newspaper.
And legal experts are raising questions about the legality of the law.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who will leave office in January, expressed concern over the bill, according to The Hill.
“I have mixed feelings. I’ve been very open about it on this law and I think there are big legal questions, but I also respect the city council. They made a decision,” de Blasio said.
Last month he indicated that he has no plans to veto the non-citizen voting bill, which is expected to come up for a vote in the City Council before the end of the year.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t hesitant at all about his view. He’s announced he will file a bill to prevent cities that do this from receiving federal funds.
I love NYC— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 12, 2021
But it’s government is run by a bunch of psychos pic.twitter.com/dNdlSZBKfk
This is happening in New York City, but don’t be surprised if this idea spreads among the bluest of blue cities. For now, it looks like Sen. Rubio is the backstop.
If you’re concerned about election law and election integrity in North Carolina, Locke’s Civitas Center for Public Integrity is the backstop. Be sure to watch for Director Andy Jackson’s articles about voting law, redistricting, registrations, voting machines, and more.