NYC to Let Noncitizens Vote
Despite misgivings, New York City’s new mayor, Eric Adams, has rolled over for the city council and allowed more than 800,000 noncitizen residents to vote in future elections for mayor and all other city officials.
Starting in 2023, the city will have to print separate ballots for city races, since noncitizens will still be barred from voting in statewide and presidential elections. But make no mistake. The new New York law is part of a nationwide push to blur the very meaning of citizenship and promote noncitizen voting everywhere and for all offices.
There are few limits on how far the “woke” Left will go to change the rules of voting. In 2019, a majority of House Democrats voted to lower the federal voting age to 16 years, from 18. This week, Senate Democrats will try to ram through a bill that would nationalize elections by taking away the right of states to determine their own voting systems. Liberals will use any hysterical argument to justify this power grab: Representative Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) even told MSNBC last week that if Republicans win November’s midterm elections, “voting in this country as we know it will be gone.” . . .
The very notion of noncitizen voting is fraught with peril, especially in a big city such as New York. Seth Barron, a contributor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, notes that the city’s board of elections has long been a den of partisan hacks and has consistently demonstrated its incompetence, most recently in the Democratic primary for mayor last year. He also questions how legitimate some city-council races would be in parts of Queens or the Bronx where more than 50 percent of the population is made up of foreign citizens.
In 2016, New York Board of Elections commissioner Alan Schulkin, a Democrat, was videotaped at a party by Project Veritas confirming the existence of voter fraud and decrying the city’s failure to require voter ID. “Certain neighborhoods in particular, they bus people around to vote,” Schulkin said on the tape. “They put them in a bus and go poll site to poll site.” Schulkin was forced to resign by de Blasio for saying “absolutely the reverse of what someone should be saying on the Board of Elections.” In other words, these aren’t the scandals anyone should be looking for.
Few experts believe that in a place where noncitizen voting is allowed there would be effective enforcement of laws still barring illegal aliens from voting. They already can choose to vote without much fear of detection. A 2014 study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, indicated that 6.4 percent of all noncitizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election and that 2.2 percent did in the 2010 midterms. . . .
As Howard Husock, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, says, “the right way to bring noncitizens into the electoral process at the federal, state, and local levels is old-fashioned: encourage them to become citizens.” It’s not hard to go that route for legal residents — they must have been in the U.S. for five years, pay some fees, and pass a test, given in English, on U.S. institutions.
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(Excerpt from National Review. Photo credit: Getty Images.)
In related news, the NYC DA recently announced that jail time will not be sought for crimes other than “homicide, public corruption, and a few other exceptional cases.”
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