Democrats ready to give voting rights to more than 800,000 non-citizens in police-defunded New York City

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NEW YORK, NY – There have been rumors circulating in different parts of the country that elected Democrat officials wanted to provide non-US citizens the ability to vote in local elections.

It has actually happened in some places on small scales. But it is now going to happen to the largest US city, and it is closer to reality than many Americans would like.

According to the New York Times,  the “Our City, Our Vote” bill is expected to be approved by the New York City Council on December 9th by a veto-proof margin. 

The legislative act, titled NYC Council Int.1867, would “permit lawfully present residents and those with work authorizations to vote in municipal elections such as races for mayor, comptroller, public advocate, borough president, and city council, as well as ballot referendum.”

Read that again. 

The elections of numerous public offices as well legislative acts that make their way to the ballot could be decided by nearly 1 million people (808,000), who are legally working or going to school in New York City, but have not become naturalized citizens of this country.

As long as they hold valid green cards or other residency visas and permits, they will be allowed to vote. 

According to the Our City, Our Vote website:

“Our City, Our Vote supports legislation that expands democracy in New York City so green card holders and those authorized to work in the United States can vote in elections for city-level offices as long as they have been a resident of New York City for at least 30 days and are otherwise qualified to register and vote under New York State election law.”

Since they pointed us to it, we decided to take a look at the New York State election laws

Here is what we found. 

Under the Qualifications to Register to Vote section are 6 bullet point qualifiers. To be able to register to vote in the state of New York, you must:

“be a United States citizen; be 18 years old (you may pre-register at 16 or 17 but cannot vote until you are 18); resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election; not be in prison for a felony conviction; not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court, and; not claim the right to vote elsewhere.”

Huh, the very first thing that is a disqualifier to vote in the state of New York is being a citizen of the United States. 

But the folks at Our City, Our Vote want to make sure you can vote in spite of your citizenship status. 

Let’s recap.

The State of New York election law says you have to be a US citizen to be able to vote. Period. 

The New York City Council says that you have to meet the requirements to vote as set by the State of New York election law.

Yet they still want to make sure that people ineligible to cast votes are able to do exactly that.

So, in essence, the City Council is about to pass a city ordinance allowing close to 1 million people to illegally cast votes in local elections in the nation’s largest city. 

So, what is really driving this push to count know illegal ballots?

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” said Ydanis Rodriguez, a councilman who sponsored the bill and represents Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan.

One could wonder how it is possible to violate the voting rights of someone who does not have the right to vote. 

But the Councilman nailed the issue on the head…Democrats want more voters.  Whether they are legal or illegal appears to be irrelevant. 

Even the progressive outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio has questioned the legality of this measure. That is why council democrats have banded together to create a veto-proof two-thirds majority. 

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, who many have applauded for his push to re-fund the NYPD, supports this measure. He believes that green card holders should be able to vote in local elections. 

According to the Times article:

“If the legislation passes as expected, the New York City Board of Elections would issue a separate voter registration form for green card holders and other noncitizens who have the right to work.

At the polls, those voters would fill out a ballot that only has New York City offices on it. The legislation calls for training poll workers and community education campaigns to ensure every voter receives the correct ballot.”

Obviously, they have thought this through and realize that there is no way the wrong ballot could wind up in the hands of non-citizen “voters.”

“Immigrants have always been vital to the city, and during [COVID] they risked their lives to keep the city moving,” said Murad Awawdeh, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition. “This comes down to nook-and-cranny issues like trash and how the budget is spent. These are things our community members have strong opinions about.”

It is interesting that he chose the words “nook-and-cranny,” given the number of people that believe that is where they will be finding votes at the 11th hour in upcoming federal elections to ensure that the balance of power remains leaning in one direction. 

In the face of the measure in New York City, numerous states have enacted legislation stating that non-citizens cannot vote, even in state or local elections. Some of those states include Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Arizona and North Dakota.

Meanwhile, some states are actually pushing for the same type of legislation advancing in New York City at a larger level. 

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Vermont governor asks lawmakers to grant statewide voting for non-citizens in local elections

MONTPELIER, VT – Republican Governor Phil Scott recently vetoed two pieces of legislation that would have granted legal residents, who are not full U.S. citizens, the right to vote in local elections in Montpelier and Winooski.

However, the rationale for vetoing the pieces of legislation wasn’t due to Governor Scott exactly being against non-citizens obtaining voting rights in local elections, but he would rather see legislation that creates a statewide approach on legal residents voting in local elections.

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Lawmakers recently presented Governor Scott legislation that would’ve granted non-citizen residents (not to be confused with illegal immigrants) the ability to vote in local elections in Montpelier and Winooski.

Yet, Governor Scott vetoed the two bills brought before him, noting concerns about inconsistencies granting such legislation would create.

On June 1st, Governor Scott wrote the following explanation for the aforementioned vetoes:

“This is an important policy discussion that deserves further consideration and debate. Allowing a highly variable town-by-town approach to municipal voting creates inconsistency in election policy, as well as separate and unequal classes of residents potentially eligible to vote on local issues.

I believe it is the role of the Legislature to establish clarity and consistency on this matter.

This should include defining how municipalities determine which legal residents may vote on local issues, as well as specifying the local matters they may vote on. Returning these bills provides the opportunity to do this important work.”

Governor Scott’s added in his rationale for the vetoes that he’d prefer to see lawmakers craft legislation that would create a statewide approach on non-citizens voting in local elections:

“I understand these charter changes are well-intentioned, but I ask the Legislature to revisit the issue of non-citizen voting in a more comprehensive manner and develop a statewide policy or a uniform template and process for those municipalities wishing to grant the right of voting in local elections to all legal residents.”

The spirit behind such an effort would potentially see the likes of legal residents who haven’t fully attained citizenship in the country being able to vote for things like mayoral races, city council, school board elections and so on in Vermont.

Legal residents who aren’t full-blown citizens usually fall under an LPR status (green card holders) or some iteration of a non-immigrant visa holder permitted to work within the United States.

Barring some very specific instances pertaining to non-immigrant visa holders, both classes of non-citizens are held to the same tax liabilities as that of any other U.S. citizen.

In other recent news pertaining to legislation, lawmakers in Michigan passed a veto-proof bill that would offer respite to businesses that were fined under various COVID restrictions after Governor Whitmer was caught violating one of her own orders on camera. 

Here’s that previous report from May. 

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LANSING, MI – After reports and photos circulated of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer violating her own pandemic restrictions regarding group sizes at dining establishments, the Michigan House reportedly passed a veto-proof bill that would refund all COVID-related fines for businesses that made a one-time infringement.

Back on May 23rd, a report originally published by Breitbart news showcased a photo of Governor Whitmer with a group of friends that had pushed together a couple of tables at a bar called the Landshark located in East Lansing.

The photo in question showed Governor Whitmer among at least twelve other people in the photo at this establishment, which was in violation of her restaurant capacity order that imposed a six-person limit on groups dining out together.

Specifically, that order the Michigan governor violated was among an update to the “Gatherings and Face Mask Order” dated May 15th, 2021.

In response to the revelation of Governor Whitmer violating her own orders pertaining to pandemic restrictions and guidelines, she issued the following statement:

“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been committed to following public health protocols. Yesterday, I went with friends to a local restaurant. As more people arrived, the tables were pushed together. Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it. In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human. I made a mistake, and I apologize.”

She also managed to avoid being fined, despite the fact that numerous businesses in her state were subjected to these very sorts of fines for similar infractions.

On May 25th, a veto-proof majority of Michigan representatives passed HB 4501, which is a bill that would refund businesses that were subject to any pandemic related fines so long as it was the business’ first infraction and they took steps to rectify the issue outlined in the fine.

During a house floor speech regarding the bill, Republican Representative Steve Johnson stated the following about why the bill should be passed:

“To highlight the importance of this legislation, I want to tell you a story about how easy it is to violate these orders – how easy it is to get caught on one of these – and why it’s important why we have some mercy here.

“See, there was an individual that wanted to hang out with some friends. And what better place to hang out than at a restaurant? And they’re hanging out at the restaurant, and they made, as what she described, as an ‘honest mistake’ – they pushed some tables together.

“Now the problem with that is, now you’re violating the governor’s social distancing requirements. Now if that would’ve happened to a business in my district, that thousands of dollars of fines on you.

“Well, the good news for this individual is she happens to be the governor of Michigan. No fines. No citations. No penalties. Must be nice.

“Colleagues, the question before you today is should the businesses in our district get the same treatment as the governor. That’s all I’m asking.”

Clearly, the message shared by Rep. Johnson resonated with the House floor, as the bill passed the House in a 74-34 vote in favor of the bill.

HB 4501 has since been referred over to the State Senate’s Committee on Economic and Small Business Development.

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