May 23, 2022

Black Americans sue NYC over voting rights for non-citizens

Black Americans in New York City have sued the city over its plans to allow non-citizens to vote in city elections, calling the issue discriminatory.

The new plan would allow more than 800,000 foreign nationals to vote as long as they have lived in the city for at least 30 days.

The New York City Council was aware of the discriminatory impact that the Foreign Citizen Voting Bill would have on the voting strength of Black voters. These concerns were raised by Council Members,” the lawsuit said.

“Despite this discriminatory impact and the knowledge that the New York City Council was without legal authority to grant foreign citizens the right to vote, the Council moved forward and passed the bill,” it added.

The lawsuit is the second on the issue so far. In January, the state’s Republican Party and others sued the city, challenging the law change as unconstitutional.

The Constitution is clearly written in such a way that only citizens are given the right to vote. The attempt to change laws in favor of international voters would greatly harm the city’s elections and set a dangerous pattern for the rest of the nation.

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