Illegal NYC Voter Disenfranchisement Through Shelter Contracts

While everyone can see the battle playing out over granting migrants the authorization to work, there is another battle happening in the shadows of City Hall to allow migrants to vote. One might ask, how would allowing foreign nationals who have only been in NYC for 30 days to vote in local elections benefit the city and the general public? The answer is that it doesn’t, and all of these efforts are really just a power grab by the far left in order to dilute and further disenfranchise NYC’s remaining moderate Dem voters.

Back in January of 2022, the City Council passed intro 1867 making it legal for noncitizens with work authorization to vote in local elections. As noted by the NY Post, Supreme Court Judge Ralph Porzio deemed this unconstitutional back in June of 2022. Mayor Adams is currently appealing the ruling, seeking to secure the right of illegals to vote provided they have working papers.

There are no Op-Eds speeches, or tweets as to why this would ever be good for the city, because it isn’t. Nor was it ever put to referendum, because it would obviously be defeated even in a liberal city. And still they’re pushing it, now with the mayor’s help. As if all of this wasn’t bad enough, Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) recently revealed that voter registration forms are being distributed to “all persons” residing in shelters (not all citizens) despite the noncitizen vote currently being deemed as unconstitutional.

DHS rejected her claim that the goal is to include migrants: “These allegations are false and baseless. DHS is legally required to include language around voter registration in shelter contracts and this guidance applies only to eligible clients who are citizens, and would clearly not apply to asylum seekers in shelter.”

Regardless of the noncitizen claims, the city’s effort to use shelter contractors to harvest a voter bloc of all shelter residents should be a concern to all, especially considering NYC’s abysmal voter turnout. 313,000 New Yorkers voted In the last local election, translating to only 3.6% of NYC’s 8.5M residents. 

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