If America is evil, then citizenship, rather than evidence of the right to the franchise, is actually evidence of complicity in systemic racism. And what better way to fight it than by having non-citizens wield the franchise?
New York City lawmakers are poised to allow more than 800,000 New Yorkers who are green card holders or have the legal right to work in the United States to vote in municipal elections and for local ballot initiatives.
The bill, known as “Our City, Our Vote,” would make New York City the largest municipality in the country to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections.
And considering that New York City’s government now leans leftward of AOC and is willing to pass anything, assume it’s happening.
The legislation, expected to be approved by the City Council on Dec. 9 by a veto-proof margin, comes as the country is dealing with a swath of new laws to impose voter restrictions, as well as the economic and demographic effects of a decline in immigration.
Voters in Alabama, Colorado and Florida passed ballot measures last year specifying that only U.S. citizens could vote. The states joined Arizona and North Dakota in specifying that noncitizens could not vote in state and local elections.
Only in the distorted lefty media frame is specifying that only citizens can vote in election a form of voter restriction rather than upholding the existing status quo grounded in the fundamental principles of republican citizenship.
But the Left does this all the time. It imposes a radical new understanding and then denounces any attempt to uphold the existing laws and the rights as an attack.
Non-citizen voting measures, like New York City’s, have to legally specify that it only applies to local elections, but once you get community organizers and ballot harvesters focused on non-citizens for local elections, the idea that some local minority community group being paid to deliver votes is going to call on Mr. R an Mrs. S only in local elections, but not national ones, is foolish. And the same Left that insisted the Boston Bomber should be able to vote from prison is hardly about to draw the line in their latest onion slicing excercise.