RNC files lawsuit against NYC Mayor Adams over new law allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections

The new mayor of New York City, Eric Adams (D), who portrayed himself as a moderate during his campaign, has quickly shown that he isn’t all that different from the city’s previous progressive leftist leader, former Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), and in some respects might even be worse.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced on Monday a lawsuit against Mayor Adams over his allowance of a city law that will allow noncitizens to vote in local municipal elections, Fox News reported.

Lawsuit filed

“American elections should be decided by American citizens,” RNC chair Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “If Democrats can subvert elections this flagrantly in America’s largest city, they can do it anywhere.”

“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,” she added.

The lawsuit from Republicans came in response to a statement and remarks from Mayor Adams in support of the controversial new law that he allowed to go into effect after having previously expressed reservations over certain aspects of it, such as extending the right to vote in local elections to noncitizens who have only lived in the city for 30 days.

Interestingly, AMNY reported that the “Our City, Our Vote” law was so questionable that even former Mayor de Blasio had refused to sign it, though he didn’t veto it either — and neither did Adams — and that inaction allowed the law passed by the City Council in early December to take effect after 30 days.

Adams defends new law

“I believe that New Yorkers should have a say in their government, which is why I have and will continue to support this important legislation,” Adams said in a statement Saturday. “While I initially had some concerns about one aspect of the bill, I had a productive dialogue with my colleagues in government that put those concerns at ease.”

“I believe allowing the legislation to be enacted is by far the best choice, and look forward to bringing millions more into the democratic process,” he added.

The new mayor echoed those sentiments Sunday during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, where host Jake Tapper actually pushed back against Adams by highlighting his prior opposition — he previously called it “problematic” — as well as other critiques of the new law, such as that it would make a “mockery of the idea of American citizenship.”

But Adams defended his decision to allow the bill to become a law in the city and encouraged noncitizens to still go through the process of becoming U.S. citizens.

The details

AMNY noted that this new law in New York City will extend the right to vote in local municipal elections to an estimated 800,000 legal resident noncitizens, such as those who hold green cards or work permits.

The new law will allow those individuals to cast a vote on elections for offices like “mayor, public advocate, city comptroller, borough president, and City Council,” but does not include the right to weigh in on state or federal elections … at least not yet.

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