WSJ’s editorial board provides a short, but avowedly incomplete, list of reasons why New York City’s noncitizen voting law is illegal. I am struck with mild astonishment that any jurisdiction anywhere (in the world) would pass a law that allows noncitizens to vote. Surely it is common sense that citizenship inherently is a prerequisite for having the right to vote.
It is perhaps useful here to make a distinction between natural rights and civil rights. Natural rights are those you are born with. No government can give them to you, because they exist whether governments recognize them or not.
Civil rights are natural rights that governments recognize. The difference is that you are not born with civil rights. They exist only as the result of government discretion.
The right to vote in elections is a civil right. One may have a natural right to support or oppose the government under which one lives and operates, but one cannot have the civil right to vote unless the government allows it.
Or so it seems to me, imperfectly.