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Democrats Suspiciously Silent on Their Push to Allow Noncitizens to Vote

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

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Earlier this year, the Democratic Party managed to execute one of the most significant voting expansions in recent history when newly-elected New York City Mayor Eric Adams permitted the City Council to extend voting rights in local elections to “noncitizen residents.” For a party that has made “voting access” a cornerstone of their legislative agenda, such a development seems like a monumental success. But the legislation has been met with suspiciously little fanfare from the mainstream media and even elected Democrats in the weeks since its passage.

The new law in the country’s largest city, which affects some 800,000 residents who do not have U.S. citizenship, could take effect as early as next year. Notably, under the provisions of the legislation, individuals only have to be present in the U.S. for thirty days before being eligible to vote. Opponents have already promised legal challenges, and there remains some question about the Council’s authority to make such a change without action by the state legislature.

Nevertheless, granting noncitizens the right to vote seems on the surface to be a much-needed victory for a Democratic Party that has tried and failed three times on so-called “voting rights” legislation in the U.S. Congress. Yet when The Atlantic attempted to interview Democratic leaders on the topic, almost none would go on the record and comment on the controversial bill. Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most outspoken supporters of Democrats’ attempts to gut election integrity measures and a New York City native, was largely silent on the issue.

Elected Democrats’ unwillingness to go on record in support of allowing noncitizens to vote may be for a good reason. A recent poll conducted by Fox News found that 71% of all Americans opposed noncitizen voting. While that figure includes 89% of Republicans, it also includes a shocking 77% of independents and 50% of Democrats. For independents, this is a 7% increase from a 2018 poll. These results suggest that Democrats’ aggressive efforts to relax specific voting laws have actually increased opposition to them. Even AOC can’t argue with those kinds of numbers.

The law has also been the subject of a lawsuit for potentially violating the 15th Amendment, which states that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

There have also been indications that the law – and similar movements to grant noncitizens the right to vote in other liberal areas – could alienate Black voters, a key Democratic demographic. Last month, a group of Black voters sued the New York Board of Elections over the law, claiming that it was designed to advantage some groups of voters over others. Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a member of the board of directors at the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), which filed the lawsuit, is arguing that “They [the New York City Council] explicitly used race as a factor of demarking the voter groups that they wanted to give this privilege to and that is a direct violation of the 15th Amendment.”

The lawsuit cites statements from Council Members during the debate over the bill in which they appeared to argue that the legislation was designed to target specific racial groups. In one case, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill, said explicitly that the bill would increase the power of Hispanics and Asians. Council Member Antonio Reynoso also framed the legislation along racial lines, claiming that anyone who opposed the bill was only doing so to preserve “white men’s power.”  

This lawsuit raises a host of issues for Democrats, whose strategy is often to try to raise up the bogeyman of “white supremacy.” Now, however, as the liberal New York City Council’s actions threaten to diminish the voting power of Black citizens on behalf of foreign nationals, the party suddenly finds itself in an uncomfortable position.

In short, progressive lawmakers may be learning that granting noncitizens the right to vote, much like other radical policies like “Defund the Police,” is actually far less popular than left-wing activists insist. While such a realization is unlikely to stave off disaster for Democrats in November’s midterm elections, it provides another cautionary tale of the radicalism that has taken over the Democratic Party.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.   


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R Aughenbaugh
9 months ago

New York City has created legislation that has given the vote to people who aren’t constitutionally able to vote. It’s possible there’s a liberal false flag operation going on here that doesn’t have anything to do with enfranchising anyone. Instead it’s just a simple attack on the constitution, and it was done to see how the authorities would deal with it.
Democrats in general, and the liberals who populate the City in particular, hate the limitations that a constitution puts on them. So to me this is nothing more than another attempt by the democrats to undermine our constitution.

Jummyd
9 months ago

Death to the Democrats.

Fred Rushto
9 months ago

The Constitution only says that the right of citizens to vote may not be abridged. We need a Constitutional amendment to allow ONLY citizens to vote.

Sara
9 months ago

Just think about this. All of these morons who are making/breaking laws to benefit them are mostly old. Biden, Pelosi, Gates,Soros, Shumer, etc and probably wont be here say in 10 years. And they will be leaving all these ‘benefits’ and the running of this country to a younger group who most are not even from the U.S. Cortez, Omar, the squad, etc. will be taking over. Our country will never be the same. We HAVE to get these moronic socialists out of office BEFORE they absolutely kill it. I am doubtful that we will last until 2024 unless something miraculous happens before then. God please help us.

Bill T
9 months ago

AMAC, I’m sure it’s not only me but every other subscriber to this platform that’s ABSOLUTELY TIRED of these B/S People putting up posts to advertise there nonsensical promotions and scams. But maybe there smarter than I am . Supposedly millions of Americans here everyday constantly having to see this . I have a really great company in New York that’s sells live edge tables and exotic teak and all other kinds of one of a kind custom South American furniture and beautiful light fixtures, not to mention exotic wood decking and flooring, rain screen siding, and we sell directly to our customers all over the country. I won’t post my company’s name right now. But if I keep seeing these others doing this I will.

Walt
9 months ago
Reply to  Bill T

Brush up on your grammar my friend…..them come back and shoot off

Bill T
9 months ago
Reply to  Walt

Guess your a Rhodes scholar. Where PRINCETON, HARVARD. Must be a genius.

Will Smith
9 months ago

I hate to say it they may be silent , but thats when you need to wory the most . Remember all the boxes they found of fake I.D.s and social security cards they found in a house from China. I am sure the democrackheads were behind that and still foin it.

Rich C
9 months ago

The Democrats are trying to lay low because they know how bad their image is right now. They know they will need every available “vote” to win in the next two elections. So, when the time is right, they will hit us again with how wonderful it is to “allow” ALL people to vote in our country. Gee, I wonder if I could vote in another communist country, like ours is turning into.

Donna
9 months ago

We need a constitutional amendment that only legitimate citizens can vote.

Lynn
9 months ago

AOC is not a native of NYC. That creature was born into an upscale Westchester community (Yorktown Heights) and attend good schools not in NYC. She moved to NYC to con folks into believing she is an underprivileged Latina. What crap.

FedUp
9 months ago

Funny how Democrats keep giving themselves powers they don’t have to change/make laws. On a similar vein, it’s funny how they ignore laws they don’t like but shout about how they’re upholding a law when it benefits them. Funny how they have no morals, unless said moral benefits them.

Steve
9 months ago
Reply to  FedUp

Your absolutely right. These communist dems hate America.

Sara
9 months ago
Reply to  Steve

They do hate America. Which is why they are destroying it as we know it.

AJB
9 months ago

The democrats found yet another way to steal an election besides using illegals to vote so of course they remain silent, but according to the democrats and the MSM it will be another free and fair election unless of course they don’t win!

Garye
9 months ago

Watch closely, the marxist democrat party lies,cheats and steals from the Real American Citizens and can NEVER be trusted!
They are counting on the millions of illegals helping them retain power and allowing them to fleece Our Country!
We MUST throw them out!!

Bill T
9 months ago
Reply to  Garye

It’s business as usual for them, and with the country under duress and with a state of emergency going on this is the opportunity (that they had completely planned out PLANDEMIC) All of these staged events aren’t by chance, all part of the total takeover that trust me this is all about.

Rich C
9 months ago
Reply to  Bill T

Anytime a new “crisis” comes about, it is a new opportunity to divert our attention away from what is going on under the table.

tika
9 months ago

i’d have thought all in power who support the U.S. Constitution heard them loud and clear in 2020 but they are giving crystal clear indications that they’re complicite. i don’t care anymore. i’ve done my voting since 1972 to save this country. now i’m a “short-timer.”

Garye
9 months ago
Reply to  tika

Tika – don’t quit now.
THROW THEM OUT !
The marxist democrats are traitors,enemies of America ,trying to destroy freedom,take away your God given rights and destroy OUR Country!
Throw them out!

Rich C
9 months ago
Reply to  Garye

Exactly, Garye. They WANT us to give up and give in so they have even less resistance. We ALL must use our voting rights to the very end. And, keep on fighting.

Bill T
9 months ago

After the fraudulent and illegal election, allowing illegals to legally vote is typical of our corrupt and destructive progressive socialist party.

jan scott
9 months ago

What ever happened to one day of voting – the second day of November – and one vote per U S citizen – identified and recorded when picking up a ballot and also when depositing a ballot??? It seems that even for absentee voters that when they request an absentee ballot, whether in writing or in person, that they should be required to show some form of identification and that information should be recorded before sending out a ballot. When citizens go to vote every person is equal, no matter what race, religion, or country of origin, as long as that person is a citizen of the United States of voting age. Let’s get back to basics and keep it simple to have honest elections, please.

Garye
9 months ago
Reply to  jan scott

What happened is corrupt marxist democrats desire to destroy Freedom, take away your God given rights and DESTROY Our Country!

Rich C
9 months ago
Reply to  Garye

I have written my Democrat representatives in Washington from my state and they tell me the I.D. voter laws would “limit” people from voting. They tell me it’s EVERY American’s right to vote. So, if every American wants voter I.D. laws it should become law. Unfortunately the politicians don’t see it that way. They talk out of both sides of their mouth (and other places). EVERY politician that is against voter I.D. should be voted OUT of office.

Karliro
9 months ago

This is so wrong. The article says “local elections”. I want to know how NY will try to prevent non-citizens from voting in Federal elections, which are elections when a Senator, Representative or President is on the ballot. The constitution says only citizens can vote in a Federal election.

Dan W.
9 months ago
Reply to  Karliro

That’s the fly in the buttermilk.

While only citizens have the right to vote in federal and state elections, how will that be enforced for non-citizens who are given the right to vote in certain local elections ?

Garye
9 months ago
Reply to  Karliro

marxist democrats lie,cheat and cereal elections.
That’s how.

TFrancis
9 months ago

Americans might as well throw in the towel and simply submit to foreign nations reign of terror if non-citizens are allowed to vote in American Elections that are intended to elect public officials and make Public Policies and Laws to protect and serve the American people. Might as well hand over all our money and our children at the voting sites. Save time and energy. Just give everything we own to foreigners. Letting non-citizens vote is essentially letting foreigners take over America. We will not be able to protect American citizens if non-citizens get to decide how America is ran. Will non-citizens vote according to their believes and ideals learned in their home country or will they make decisions with the American people and our culture in mind?

The United Sates of America holds elections for US Public office and US laws and Public Policy in order to protect and serve the Americans citizens. It makes sense that only citizens of any country would be permitted to vote on matters concerning their nation and their citizens. Only Americans should be deciding what goes on or who runs the United States of America. Non-citizens presumably have their own interest or the interest of their own countries prioritized over the needs and welfare of the American citizens and United States as a whole. If non-citizens stood together and demanded their rights in their home countries as well as they do here in America then perhaps they would not need to come here and try to bend American policy to fit their own agendas. Right?

Also, why would Black voters be disparaged or not have access to voting just because non-citizens or any group of people could vote? If non-citizens could vote certainly Black Americans could vote in any election. Any citizen with the proper residency and the age of majority can vote i elections in America right? Except maybe felons who have not had their voting privileges reinstated. Election material come in different languages and other accessibility formats. One need not even be able to read read or write to vote. It is time to stop using “Race” as a excuse to do or not do something that is a right of all American citizens.

I don’t understand how an American citizen has to reside in an area for 6 months to establish residency in order to vote anywhere in the United States, but a non-citizen only needs to be in the country 30 days to vote. Are they vetted for voting eligibility like age and residency? They definitely should not be mailed voting material or be allowed to mail in their vote, especially from outside the country.

Rich C
9 months ago
Reply to  TFrancis

The non-citizen that votes, is voting for what they can get FROM America, not for what they can do FOR America. If they don’t care about our voting laws, what kind of “citizen” would they make? When, or if America falls, you would see the “non-citizen” leaving like rats on a sinking ship.

David Millikan
9 months ago

The COMMUNIST Party will LIE and CHEAT to get ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS to Vote just like they did on 2020 President Election.

WATCH THEM VERY CLOSE.

Rich C
9 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

We ARE watching them and see exactly what they are doing. Question is, what are WE going to do in November?

Amacer
9 months ago

This shows how shameless the Democrats have become. No country in the world would ever allow non-citizens to vote in elections. This also confirms what their strategy has been all along — to allow an unlimited influx of illegal aliens and then give them voting rights.

The Democrats have become so lawless, so anti-American, so wicked and dishonest, they simply are no longer electable; this political party has to be revamped from the core; at its current state, it is discardable.

OlCONSRV49
9 months ago
Reply to  Amacer

Very well stated! Democrat Party is no more. It has been replaced by the PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST.

EAA
9 months ago

Only an idjit could not see through the DemocRat plan to allow illegals in unchecked and then give them the vote, along with welfare, medical care and free education.

PaulE
9 months ago
Reply to  EAA

Yet many people here in this country can’t seem to see it. Go figure.

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