Under new New York City Mayor Eric Adams, non-citizens will be allowed to vote in municipal elections — no voting for president (yet). The New Republic thinks New York is blazing another trail and would like to destigmatize non-citizens voting. To that end, Maya Wiley traced the history of non-citizen voting in the United States and found that even the Confederacy embraced it. Time to put all those statues back up, then.
There’s a long history of non-citizen voting in America. Even the Confederacy embraced it.
— The New Republic (@newrepublic) January 14, 2022
Wiley writes that “even the Confederacy, which at first feared alien suffrage would swell the ranks of abolitionist immigrants, succumbed to immigrant voting to attract workers after the Civil War.”
So what changed? Immigration skyrocketed in the late 1800s, from places like Central Europe and Asia—people not considered white and who experienced the discrimination that comes with the racist view of unfounded inferiority. Xenophobia at the end of World War I became the death knell for the last remaining alien suffrage laws.
That’s a shame.
I especially like this argument: "Even the Confederacy, which at first feared alien suffrage would swell the ranks of abolitionist immigrants, succumbed to immigrant voting to attract workers after the Civil War."
There was a Confederacy after the Civil War?
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) January 14, 2022
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) January 14, 2022
"There's a long history of something incredibly unpopular. Even a group of now incredibly unpopular people did it." Is one hell of a way to frame a story
— BC Thomas (@bcthomas) January 14, 2022
Lmao this is some high level satire, well done @mayawiley
— Caudillo Blanco (@blanco_caudillo) January 14, 2022
“Even the Confederacy embraced it”. Brilliant work.
— Gert B. Frobe (@ThumblessGrasp) January 14, 2022
— The Unfinished Owl (@UnfinishedOwl) January 14, 2022
This might be the worst take in the history of worst takes.
— Vintage Browns (@VintageBrowns) January 14, 2022
Did anyone there — anyone — stick up their hand and say, 'We might want to re-think this take on the subject.'?
— William Jennings (@willjennings60) January 14, 2022
— Anthony L. Fisher (@anthonyLfisher) January 14, 2022
It is a terrible idea, period.
— Raymond J. Mollica (@RaymondMollica) January 14, 2022
"We are on the same side of history as the Confederacy!" is a hell of a sales pitch
No but keep going. You guys are doing great 👍
— nothingtoseehere (@andItoldyaso) January 14, 2022
Well, THAT'S a hell of an endorsement!
— ★Håråm★ßåê★ (@BKopernikus) January 14, 2022
Imagine hitting the tweet button on this banger
— Justin Williams (@UCF_Or1and0) January 14, 2022
Sorry, I think it’s a bad idea. On second thought, not sorry.
— DS8775 (@ds33321) January 14, 2022
— Johnny Goodtimes (@JohnnyGoodtimes) January 14, 2022
Embrace this ratio
— Nathan (@nathano321) January 14, 2022
I've lived and worked under a residence visa in more than a dozen EU countries.
I was never allowed to vote, as a non-citizen.
Nor did I remotely expect to be allowed to do so.
— Ike McFadden (@Ike__McFadden) January 15, 2022
You guys are on a roll lately! First bemoaning separation of powers, now this.
— Joel Watson Jr (@JoelWatsonJr) January 14, 2022
Holy shit is this a fucking mess
— Todd (@toddmcaleer) January 14, 2022
Please don't. You don't need to do this.
— Andrew M. Byrne (@AMorganByrne) January 14, 2022
That moment you embraced the Confederacy to buttress your point – pic.twitter.com/q6QPYlW1cI
— Sandy 〽️ (@RightGlockMom) January 14, 2022
After scrolling through a number of your recent tweets, I seriously have to ask this. Is someone on your team trying to get fired?
— Supreme Ack (@WendyGo32843582) January 14, 2022
it’s okay to not write things
— Luke Heary (@lukeheary) January 15, 2022
Not the winning sales pitch that you were hoping for.
— Kevin Davis SN20_BN4 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀 (@kevindavis338) January 14, 2022
At a minimum, noncitizen voting should require that Americans enjoy reciprocal rights in the noncitizen's country of citizenship. It's going to be a short list of countries …
— Fred Rocafort (@RocafortFred) January 14, 2022
It’s unreal how absolutely out of touch every media outlet is with us.
— CryptoBear (@FactsMachine10) January 14, 2022
"The Confederacy embraced it" isn't a defense I would use.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) January 14, 2022
Time to shut it down, guys. The fact that this made it to print, yeah. Shut it down.
— Andrew Nordine (@AndrewNordine) January 14, 2022
You’re having a week 🤣
— Jen Stroup (@JenStroup) January 14, 2022
There’s a long history of non-citizen voting in American and it’s a good thing to have put a stop to it.
Seven different flavors of STUPID: The New Republic dragged BIG TIME for crap piece claiming the filibuster is a racist PLOT against Kamala Harris https://t.co/NYHQagNGdO
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 13, 2022