It’s official. The New York City Council passed the bill allowing an estimated 800,000 noncitizens to vote in municipal elections. The vote was 33 to 14, with two abstentions. Unless Mayor Bill de Blasio vetoes the bill, it will become law.
Mayor de Blasio has previously stated he had no plans to veto the bill. Republicans have threatened to challenge the bill, saying it is unconstitutional. Even a potential legal challenge, de Blasio has already warned is unlikely to survive.
The measure would allow non-citizens to vote for mayor, City Council members, and other municipal officeholders but would not allow them to vote in federal elections, such as for president or members of Congress, or in state elections that elect the governor, judges, and legislators.
The move will allow noncitizens who have been lawful permanent residents of the city for at least 30 days, as well as those authorized to work in the U.S. and DACA recipients, to vote in municipal elections.
If the measure becomes law, the Board of Elections would be tasked with outlining an implementation plan by January. That plan would be required to include voter-registration rules and provisions to create separate ballots for municipal races to safeguard federal and state elections.
New York City would join a dozen communities across the U.S. that allow noncitizens to vote in local elections, including eleven towns in Maryland and two in Vermont, the Associated Press reported.
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Republican Representative Andy Biggs from border state Arizona, which is among the states suffering the greatest consequences from the Biden administration policies, lamented that Trump’s suggestion will be “necessary.”
Speaking on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show, Biggs stated “[I]t’s actually gonna have to be necessary.” Biggs then added his thoughts on how many more people will continue to cross the border under Biden: “Because by the time Trump gets back in office, you will have had over 10 million, in my opinion, over 10 million illegal aliens cross our border and come into the country, under the Biden regime.”
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