Andrew McCarthy, the Senior Fellow at National Review Institute, recently declared that the New York City Council’s approval of a measure allowing legal noncitizens to vote in local elections was unconstitutional. City council approved the right for approximately 800,000 noncitizens to vote in municipal elections. They were mostly green card holders and others with work authorization.
McCarthy is a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He stated that noncitizens should not be allowed to vote. McCarthy stated that the City Council can disregard the state constitution regarding who is allowed to vote.
He stated that such legislation had “immense” consequences for New Yorkers, as well as American governance and culture. McCarthy stated that citizenship has been a requirement for voting.
McCarthy stated the measure would allow 800,000.00 noncitizens to “enact laws that require redistribution wealth, property of citizens” even though they have only lived in New York for a month. Kalman Yeger (Dem NY City Council Member) severed all ties to his Party’s most vocal legislators in protest at the legislation’s constitutionality.
The councilman stated, “The City Council doesn’t have the legal authority” to make any other laws or constitutions than the state.
Nicole Malliotakis (a GOP NY State Rep) called the legislation “careless” saying that it would make it more difficult to trust our elections. The city council passed the bill with cheers from the state and Dem legislators. Now, it will be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
New York City residents who are not citizens will be able to register to vote by December 2022 and cast their ballots by January 20,23. Undocumented immigrants will not be permitted to vote.
Other prominent New York Democrats such as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who represents the Bronx, Jerry Nadler, who represents parts Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Carolyn Maloney, who represent parts Manhattan, Brooklyn, and have not commented.