Connecticut GOP Blasts Non-Citizen Voting Proposal as ‘Publicity Stunt’

December 15, 2011

By Joshua Rhett Miller,

The chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party is dismayed by a mayor’s plan to ask state legislators to allow illegal immigrants who live in New Haven to vote in municipal elections, characterizing the proposal as a “publicity stunt.”

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola told that while the organization believes in “inclusiveness,” citizenship has long been a standard 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 said. “We support legal immigration and reasonable measures to provide a path to citizenship, but we don’t support providing rewards for illegal immigration.”

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