Statement From ECGOP Counsel Joseph T. Burns On The Legal Challenge To The New York City Noncitizen Voters Law



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, March 28, 2024
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STATEMENT FROM ECGOP COUNSEL JOSEPH T. BURNS ON THE LEGAL CHALLENGE TO THE NEW YORK CITY NONCITIZEN VOTERS LAW

BUFFALO, NY — Erie County Republican Committee Counsel Joseph T. Burns released the following statement on the appeal of the decision striking down the law allowing noncitizens to vote in New York City elections:

“The decision invalidating the New York City noncitizen voter law was appealed last week by advocates of the law and just yesterday, the New York City Council filed their notice of appeal. This comes after a lengthy court battle where both the trial court and the Appellate Division held the law to violate the New York State Constitution. The Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest court, must also reject this law.

Unlike the U.S. Constitution, our state constitution explicitly protects the right to vote. The right to vote, however, is a right enjoyed only by citizens.

New York City’s attempts to open voting to noncitizen residents isn’t just misguided. It’s dangerous, too. Under the law in question, diplomats from hostile foreign powers like China and Russia who reside in New York City would be allowed to vote in local elections. How can any New Yorker of any political affiliation think that is a good idea?

New York City’s noncitizen voter law undermined the security and integrity of our elections. The courts that heard the challenge to this law were right to find the law unconstitutional. This most recent attempt to save the law and permit noncitizens to vote in local New York City elections must be rejected. The Court of Appeals must uphold the lower court decision and make sure that our elections remain honest.”

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