Langworthy to Democrats: Get Ready to Try to Defend this Unconstitutional & Un-American Law in Court
Following through on his warning to Democrats that he would take legal action to protect the sanctity of citizen voting, New York Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy and a group of Republican elected officials from New York City today filed a lawsuit to block the city’s new law granting non-citizens voting rights. The suit was filed in Richmond County and a copy can be viewed here.
In December, the Democrat-dominated City Council passed legislation that would permit more than 800,000 non-citizens the right to vote in municipal elections. Mayor Eric Adams allowed the measure to become law by not issuing a veto prior to last night’s midnight deadline. Even radical leftist former mayor Bill de Blasio admitted its illegality.
“We vowed to use every legal tool in our arsenal to block this unconstitutional and un-American law, and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” declared New York Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy. “The law is clear and the ethics are even clearer: we shouldn’t be allowing citizens of other nations to vote in our elections, full stop. We are only two weeks into the Adams Administration and he is already kowtowing to the radical City Council. This lawsuit is the only thing that will stop them from their ultimate goal of eradicating all the lines between citizens and non-citizens.”
"Anyone reading NY state election law in plain English can see that it prohibits foreign citizen voting. The public should look for themselves at section 5-102 to fully grasp how their city government willfully violates the law without regard,” said New York City Council Minority Leader Joe Borrelli.
“The right to vote is one of our most sacred privileges and obligations,” said Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella. “Last night, legislation became law that makes a total mockery of the concept of American citizenship. Allowing 800,000 non-citizens, including those who have been here for less than thirty days, to vote in local elections is a slap in the face of every single American citizen, whether born or naturalized. This unconstitutional act cheapens what it means to be a citizen and is an insult to every immigrant who has followed the law, taken citizenship classes and swore an oath to our nation. That is why, as promised today we are filing suit to challenge this law.”
Said Senator Andrew J. Lanza, "This bill clearly violates the Constitution, diminishes citizenship and is no doubt intended to steal elections from lawful citizen voters.”
Congresswoman Malliotakis concluded, "There is nothing more important than preserving the integrity of our election system," said Congresswoman Malliotakis. "The government should be working to create more trust in our elections, not less. The right to vote is a sacred right given only to United States citizens. This careless legislation violates the State Constitution, dilutes the voices of American citizens and is not in line with the views of the vast majority of our city. We look forward to our day in court."
Other plaintiffs include Assemblymembers Michael Reilly and Michael Tannousis and Councilmembers David Carr, Inna Vernikov, Joann Ariola and Vickie Paladino."