Sunday, January 30, 2022

Noncitizen Voting Push Is Part of Agenda to Rid America of Citizenship: Election Expert; America’s Leaders Should Be Chosen by American Citizens

The Epoch Times
Noncitizen Voting Push Is Part of Agenda to Rid America of Citizenship: Election Expert
The recent New York City law to allow at least 800,000 noncitizens to vote in municipal elections is unconstitutional and likely to be overturned in court, said Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative and former member of the Federal Election Commission.
“It’s actually pretty clear that it violates the New York State Constitution—it has a provision that specifically says that you have to be a citizen to vote in all elections in the state of New York, and that includes local elections,” Spakovsky told The Epoch Times on Jan. 19.
“I also think it is bad from a policy point of view, because it basically cheapens and diminishes the concept of citizenship.
“It ought to be something that makes American citizens mad, particularly because of the potential number of aliens that’s involved.”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams allowed the measure to become law on Jan. 9, which includes the provision that voting noncitizens must be in the city for 30 days or more and have authorization to work.
“I believe that New Yorkers should have a say in their government, which is why I have and will continue to support this important legislation,” Adams said in a statement. “I believe allowing the legislation to be enacted is by far the best choice, and look forward to bringing millions more into the democratic process.”
The following day, the Republican National Committee filed a suit in the New York Supreme Court along with City Council Minority Leader Joseph Borrelli, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), and other Republicans. --->READ MORE HERE
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America’s Leaders Should Be Chosen by American Citizens:
A citizens-only amendment on the federal level, and in the states as well, is the best path forward to keep our elections secure.
America’s leaders should be chosen by American citizens. It isn’t controversial. It’s just common sense. Nonetheless, woke liberals in cities such as New York and San Francisco are pushing through noncitizen voting even over the opposition of majorities of their own voters. The U.S. must amend its Constitution to clarify that the privilege of choosing leaders should belong only to those who have willingly, and lawfully, committed to joining its ranks.
This is no wild departure from normal procedure. Nor is it a Hail Mary in an election year. A citizens-only amendment is something I made part of my platform when I ran for secretary of state in 2018. To counter a growing push in New York, Vermont, San Diego, and other liberal enclaves to allow noncitizens to vote, it is time to take a stand and protect the integrity of our elections from this extreme liberal agenda.
In Georgia, I have made citizens-only voting a priority. Georgia already conducts citizenship verification during the voter-registration process through a partnership with the Georgia Department of Driver Services and was one of the first states in the country to be 100 percent REAL ID compliant.
Additionally, I recently conducted a citizenship check of Georgia’s more than seven-million-person-long voter-registration list. We identified only around 1,600 registrants who may not be U.S. citizens. These registrants had already been flagged as potential noncitizens and were not allowed to vote without showing proof of citizenship. Nonetheless, registering to vote when you are not a citizen in Georgia is against the law, and I am referring these individuals for further investigation. --->READ MORE HERE
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