NYC Pushes for Noncitizens to Vote – Intercessors for America

We previously covered this New York City law allowing illegal immigrants to vote. After being struck down by a state appeals court, the city council is now reaching out to the highest court in New York.

From Fox News. The New York City Council is asking the state’s highest court to reverse rulings that struck down a law that would let non-citizens vote in local elections.

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An appeals court in February ruled the election law, passed by the council in 2021, unconstitutional. The law would have let upwards of 800,000 green card holders vote in local elections.

“The Council passed Local Law 11 of 2022 to enfranchise 800,000 New Yorkers who live in our city, pay taxes, and contribute to our communities,” council spokesperson, Rendy Desamours, said in a statement. “Today’s filing to appeal the Second Department’s recent decision seeks a determination from the state’s highest court that the law is consistent with the State Constitution, Election Law, and the Municipal Home Rule Law.” …

The case will head to the New York Court of Appeals.

Mayor Eric Adams, who supported the law, has not commented about the appeal. …

Immigration activists praised the council’s decision.

“Immigrants are the backbone of New York’s economy and communities. But despite their contributions as taxpayers and community-members, many immigrant New Yorkers do not have the right to participate in local decision-making,” said Murad Awawdeh, president and CEO of the New York Immigration Coalition. …

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(Excerpt from Fox News. Photo Credit: Jonathan Schilling – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

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