As a lawsuit on the issue works its way through the courts, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11, R- Staten Island-SW Brooklyn) today slammed defeated former Congressman Max Rose on his votes to water-down our election laws in a cynical attempt to give 16-year-olds, convicted felons and illegal immigrants the right to vote. On January 10th, in the wake of the New York City Council’s recently enacted legislation that allows non-citizens to vote in municipal elections, Congresswoman Malliotakis announced that she had joined with other NYC elected officials and private citizens in a lawsuit aimed at blocking the ill-conceived legislation.

Congresswoman Malliotakis said, “Max Rose has a clear record of working to deconstruct our election laws; in a single term in Congress, he voted to water-down our election laws for universal absentee ballots and same day voter registration that the residents of this district overwhelmingly oppose and voted against 2 to 1 in last November’s election. Despite this, Rose continues to push for these changes, calling for the passage of H.R.1 on January 5th. In addition, he voted against language in the House condemning municipalities that allow non-citizens to vote and made it clear that ‘allowing illegal immigrants vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of the United States Citizen.’ Max Rose stands shoulder to shoulder with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar and the ‘Squad’ in his support of H.R. 1, a bill filled with a far-left wish list of election law changes that even includes voting rights for 16-year-olds and convicted felons.”

Additionally, H.R.1 would allow every candidate for Congress to receive six taxpayer dollars for every $1 raised up to $5 million per candidate. With Senate candidates included, this measure is estimated to cost taxpayers $1.2 billion every two years. Unlike Rose, Malliotakis voted against H.R.1 and called taxpayer funding of campaigns “legalized embezzlement.”

Congresswoman Malliotakis serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. She also holds the position of Assistant Whip for the House Republican Conference.