“By supporting this outrageous order, Councilor Zakim demonstrates a willingness to undermine our electoral process in favor of ideologically extreme priorities,"
Amore Responds to Zakim's Noncitizen Voting Proposal, Calls on Galvin to Take a Position
July 9, 2018
BOSTON -- The Democratic primary for Secretary of State continues to be a race to the extreme left. The latest development: Left-wing activist and City Councilor Josh Zakim's support for granting noncitizens the right to vote.
“By supporting this outrageous order, Councilor Zakim demonstrates a willingness to undermine our electoral process in favor of ideologically extreme priorities," said Anthony Amore. "Instead of pursuing commonsense solutions to confront clear threats to the integrity of our electoral system, politicians like Zakim are focused on appeasing the fringe elements of the left-wing base. Massachusetts needs a Secretary of State who will relentlessly safeguard the right to vote, instead of using the Office as a tool to advance an activist political agenda. Voters deserve an answer from Secretary Galvin: Does he endorse this extreme proposition too?"
Councilor Josh Zakim endorsed an extreme proposal to grant noncitizens the right to vote. "Campbell’s order — to explore ways noncitizens who have legal status in the United States can be given the right to vote — is co-sponsored by councilors Josh Zakim, Ayanna Pressley, Lydia Edwards, Annissa Essaibi-George, Ed Flynn, Kim Janey and Michelle Wu." (Sean Cotter and Jules Crittenden, "A vote for noncitizens? Boston City Council prez pushes access to rights," Boston Herald, 7/9/18)
But even Zakim's Democratic colleagues on the Council believe the proposal goes too far. "Hyde Park City Councilor Tim McCarthy indicated when Campbell first raised the issue earlier this year that he would push back on any attempt to change the law for Boston to allow noncitizen voting.
'Voting is a U.S. citizen’s privilege, it’s the ultimate privilege,' McCarthy said at the time. 'And I for one will continue to fight that it remains that way. ... Voting for noncitizens is a step too far.'" (Sean Cotter and Jules Crittenden, "A vote for noncitizens? Boston City Council prez pushes access to rights," Boston Herald, 7/9/18)