Late last year, The Drill Down reported on New York City’s uber-liberal City Council’s attempt to allow non-citizen voting in local elections. The measure passed 33-14 and was set to allow 800,000 migrants to vote in municipal elections. Here’s what we said at the time…
This is a terrible idea —even Democrats on the council are flabbergasted by this move.
“I think this is a terribly bad bill,” Democratic councilman Robert Holden told National Review. “It’s amazing it has this many cosponsors. For the life of me I don’t know why any elected official would want this.”
“When you think about it, it’s absurd for somebody who’s a noncitizen to establish residency in New York City for 30 days, and then you can vote in all municipal elections.”
We at the DD agreed with the councilman —and now, it sounds like, so did a New York State Supreme Court Judge.
“There is no statutory ability for the City of New York to issue inconsistent laws permitting non-citizens to vote and exceed the authority granted to it by the New York State Constitution,” State Supreme Court Judge Ralph Prozio ruled. “Though voting is a right that so many citizens take for granted, the City of New York cannot ‘obviate’ the restrictions imposed by the Constitution.”
“The addition of 800,000 to 1,000,000 non-eligible votes into municipal elections significantly devalues the votes of the New York citizens who have lawfully and meaningfully earned the right to vote pursuant to constitutional requirements,” the decision reads.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was pleased with the decision, calling it a “huge victory.”
“Today, a New York City court struck down the Democrats’ radical scheme that would allow over 800,000 non-citizens to vote in NYC elections. This ruling is a huge victory for election integrity and the rule of law: American elections should be decided by American citizens,” McDaniel wrote.
“The RNC is proud to head a broad coalition in successfully challenging this unconstitutional scheme and will continue to lead the effort across the country to ensure only citizens can vote in America’s elections,” McDaniel added.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Mayor Adams wasn’t exactly a champion of this initiative —even his predecessor, Bill de Blasio, didn’t sign it (although he didn’t veto it, either.)
“Mayor Eric Adams (D.) has flip-flopped on the measure,” WFB reports. “As a candidate, he professed strong support for non-citizen voting. But he’s taken a hands-off approach since taking office, allowing the bill to proceed by neither signing nor vetoing it. A spokesman for Adams on Monday again ducked the issue, telling the New York Times that the mayor’s office is ‘evaluating next steps.’”
Let’s hope the mayor continues his hands-off approach —let it die.