The Republican National Committee (RNC) has filed a lawsuit against New York City after Mayor Eric Adams let a law pass that allows noncitizens to vote in local elections.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said: “The RNC is suing to protect the integrity of our elections, and we stand ready to do the same wherever Democrats try to attack the basic security of your ballot.
“American elections should be decided by American citizens.
“If Democrats can subvert elections this flagrantly in America’s largest city, they can do it anywhere,” she added.
Texas GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw said: “Foreigners shouldn’t be voting in American elections.
“You prove your loyalty to our country by becoming a citizen. Then you vote.
“How is this even up for debate?”
The RNC is suing to protect the integrity of our elections, and we stand ready to do the same wherever Democrats try to attack the basic security of your ballot. pic.twitter.com/LIAVsUaFWZ
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 10, 2022
The newly-elected mayor has come under critisism after he suggested during his campaign that he was opposed to the measure, only to allow it to pass once he was sworn-in to office this month.
“No, I did not change my mind,” Mayor Adams said.
“I supported the concept of the bill.
“The one aspect of that I had a problem with and I thought was problematic, was the 30-day part, of being in the country for 30 days, was the place that I had questions.
“And I sat down with my colleagues. I’m a big believer in conversation.
“We have to start talking to each other, and not at each other.
“And after hearing their rationale and their theories behind it, I thought it was more important to not veto the bill or get in the way at all, and allow to build a move forward.”
This is a huge gamble by the Dem Party heading into a critical midterm election.
The measure would allow non-citizens who have been lawful permanent residents of the city for at least 30 days, as well as those authorized to work in the U.S., including ‘Dreamers,’ to help select the city’s mayor, city council members, borough presidents, comptroller and public advocate.
Critics say the law could discourage legal residents from pursuing U.S. citizenship.
With Adams’ decision to not veto and allow the bill to become law, the Board of Elections must now begin the process of drawing an implementation plan by July, including voter registration rules and provisions that would create separate ballots for municipal races to prevent non-citizens from casting ballots in federal and state contests.