Rubio to Introduce Bill Blocking Federal Funding for Cities that Allow Noncitizen Voting

As New York City becomes latest city to allow noncitizen voting in local elections, Sen. Rubio plans to file legislation banning funding to U.S. cities that do so.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio said Friday he plans to introduce legislation to withhold federal funds from cities that permit citizen voting, The Washington Times reports.
  • The Senator’s promise came a day after the New York City Council moved to allow legal residents to cast ballots in local elections.
  • “No city which allows non-U.S. citizens to vote should receive U.S. government funds,” Sen. Rubio tweeted. “Next week I am going to file a bill to make that the law.”
  • The New York City Council on Thursday approved a measure to allow non-citizen residents to vote in municipal elections, despite vocal opposition to the “irresponsible” and “dangerous” legislation, The New York Post reports. “The bill, sponsored by Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez, will allow hundreds of thousands of non-citizens to participate in local elections by expanding voting eligibility to green card holders — about 10 percent of the city’s population — and recipients of deferred action.”