A group of black residents of New York City have filed a federal lawsuit to block the Big Apple’s new law that would allow foreign nationals to vote in citywide elections.
In July, the city’s election board approved an outrageous plan that would allow around 800,000 undocumented or foreign-born and un-naturalized aliens to vote as long as they prove they have resided in the city limits for 30 days prior to Election Day.
But a group of black voters say that new rule not only violates the 15th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act, but it also an attempt to water down the black vote with the vote of Hispanics.
According of the lawsuit:
Local Law 11 violates the Fifteenth Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act because it was adopted with impermissible racial intent. It was the explicit intent of the Law’s sponsors to increase the voting strength of certain racial subgroups while simultaneously decreasing the voting strength of other racial subgroups. An election law enacted with any racial intent or purpose is unconstitutional under the Fifteenth Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. As the Supreme Court of the United States has stated, “There is no room under the Amendment for the concept that the right to vote in a particular election can be allocated based on race.” [Emphasis added]
According to data from the 2020 American Community Survey of the United States Census, there are approximately 1,300,000 foreign nationals residing in Bronx, Kings, New York and Queens Counties. Of that total, approximately 495,000 are Hispanic and 348,000 are Asian. [Emphasis added]
New York City has approximately five million active registered voters. The addition of approximately one million foreign-citizen voters could potentially make up almost 20 percent or more of the electorate in future New York City elections. This is greater than the margin of victory in many municipal elections. [Emphasis added]
The lawsuit alleges that the new voting rule has an “explicit racial purpose” to eliminate power from black voters.Commentary