Illegals Could Get Right to Vote in Conn. City

Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 04:08 PM

By Michelle Lopata

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola is disappointed by a mayor’s proposal to allow illegal immigrants in New Haven to vote in municipal elections, according to

Labriola is calling the voting proposal a “publicity stunt” and said while the Republican Party believes in “inclusiveness,” citizenship is a requirement for voting rights.

“In fact, the right to vote in free elections is still an issue that people in many other countries continue to fight and die for,” Labriola told “We support legal immigration and reasonable measures to provide a path to citizenship, but we don’t support providing rewards for illegal immigration.”

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano has said he does not think citizenship is an absolute requirement for acquiring the right to vote in local elections. The Democratic mayor said that illegal immigrants contribute to the community in their own ways by paying taxes indirectly through rent and sending their children to local schools, according to These actions, DeStefano believes, should give them the right to vote.

Elizabeth Benton, a spokeswoman for DeStefano, said the proposal is “nothing new.” More than two dozen states have seen similar legislation.

“We’re not seeking to apply this to any other city; this is about New Haven and what we think makes sense for New Haven,” Benton told “New Haven prides itself on being a diverse, welcoming community and part of what makes New Haven such an interesting place to live is our international residents.

“We want every adult in our community … to be able to vote in local elections that affect their families and futures,” she said. “This is not an immigration issue so much as a New Haven resident issue around participation in our community.”

DeStefano thinks the proposal will help make New Haven a more engaged community.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, on the other hand, said Wednesday that he was not “particularly comfortable” with the idea, according to

“I think there are obligations that run with citizenship and there are privileges that run with citizenship,” Malloy said.

However, Malloy, also a Democrat, said he was willing to “hear the mayor out” on his proposal, set to be delivered to state Legislature early next year.

Labriola was not as open-minded.

“Mayor DeStefano presides over a city in decline and one that already has a dubious record of voting integrity,” he told “The citizens of New Haven would be better served by a mayor who focused on jobs and economic development rather than a publicity stunt.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Actor Booth Colman Dies at 91

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 21:30 PM

Booth Colman, who had a long career as an actor including the role of ape scientist Dr. Zaius in the 1970s "Planet of th . . .

FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston Cleared in Campus Rape Hearing

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 19:12 PM

Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston has been cleared in a student conduct code hearing looking into . . .

Satanic Temple Puts up Display at Michigan Capitol

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 18:42 PM

Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds in Lansing as Christmas week g . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved