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Republicans don’t control much of government these days, having lost control of the White House and Congress, but the party is continuing to advance its agenda anyway ahead of 2022 in order to give voters a glimpse into political priorities.
And one of them is ensuring that only American citizens are able to decide state and local issues as well as choosing who to represent them.
Led by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a coalition of GOP lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that bans handing out federal taxpayer funds to localities and states that allow non-citizens to vote in U.S. elections, Just The News reported.
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The new legislation, dubbed the Protecting Our Democracy by Preventing Foreign Citizens from Voting Act, was introduced after many liberal municipalities from San Francisco to New York have moved in 2021 to allow non-citizens to cast ballots in local elections.
The measure is being cosponsored by GOP Sens. Steve Daines of Montana, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, John Kennedy, of Louisiana, Rick Scott of Florida and James Lankford, R-Oklahoma.
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., plans to introduce companion legislation in the House.
“It’s ridiculous that states are allowing foreign citizens to vote,” Rubio said. “However, if states and localities do let those who are not U.S. citizens to vote in elections, they shouldn’t get U.S. citizen taxpayer money.”
“Voting in this country is a right that should solely be limited to American citizens. Allowing non-citizens or illegal immigrants to vote, even if only in state or local elections, gives foreign nationals influence on some of the most important decisions impacting our families, our rights, and our representation in government,” Duncan added.
Meanwhile, Daines said he was concerned that “far-left states and cities have moved to disenfranchise Americans by allowing non-citizens to participate in our elections.”
Kennedy noted as well that the move toward non-citizen voting “makes a mockery of U.S. citizenship.”
The federal proposal comes a few months after Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), proposed adding an amendment to the state constitution that bars non-citizens from casting ballots.
“From New York City to San Francisco, more and more extreme liberal jurisdictions are extending voting to non-citizens,” he told Just the News at the time. “Citizens-only voting has overwhelming bipartisan support.”
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Rubio’s new bill would prohibit federal funds from going to any state or local government that allows foreign citizens to vote in any federal, state or local election and require all state or local government to certify they do not allow foreign citizens to vote when apply or federal funding.
The issue of non-citizen voting first came to a boil at the end of the 2018 Georgia governor’s race, when Democrat Stacey Abrams suggested the “blue wave” of voters she hoped would put in her office included the “documented and undocumented,” the latter a liberal preferred term for illegal aliens.
Republicans, including eventual gubernatorial winner Brian Kemp and then-President Donald Trump, claimed that Abrams was outright calling for illegal aliens to vote, but Abrams countered by saying that no, they were simply part of who she planned to represent as governor.
That was 2018.
Now, “within two years, several liberal communities have begun the process of allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections. A 1994 congressionally-passed law prohibits non-citizens from voting in elections for federal officeholders,” Just The News’ John Solomon writes.
In addition to a pair of cities in Vermont, which allow non-citizens to cast ballots for mayor, city council, and the local school boards, San Francisco, nine Maryland cities and two Massachusetts communities have approved similar laws, while the latter are still waiting for state lawmakers to approve.
And Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles are also moving forward with plans to allow foreign citizens to vote in local U.S. elections, the outlet reported.