New York Supreme Court Strikes Down Law That Would Allow Non-Citizens To Vote

Several months ago, the state of New York passed a laws that would allow non-citizens to vote in local elections.

The law was supposed to take effect next year and critics suggested this was just the first step towards allowing non-citizens to vote in national elections.

Now the state’s highest court has struck it down.

FOX News reports:

NY Supreme Court strikes down law allowing noncitizens to vote

The New York Supreme Court ruled Monday that a New York City law that allowed noncitizen residents to vote in municipal elections is illegal.

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The law, passed in December 2021 by the New York City Council, created a class of voters called “municipal voters,” comprised of noncitizens who reside in the city for at least 30 days before an election and register or pre-register to vote. Under the law, municipal voters were granted the right to participate in elections for mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough president, and council member.

“The New York State Constitution explicitly lays the foundation for ascertaining that only proper citizens retain the right to voter privileges,” Richmond County Supreme Court Judge Ralph Porzio said in the court’s ruling. “It is this Court’s belief that by not expressly including non-citizens in the New York State Constitution, it was the intent of the framers for non-citizens to be omitted.”

The bill first became law automatically after former Mayor Bill de Blasio and current Mayor Eric Adams both declined to either sign or veto it. De Blasio had openly expressed concerns about it, recognizing that there were “big legal questions” surrounding it. He had also stated that he was worried the noncitizen residents of the city – estimated to be somewhere between 800,000 and 1 million people – would have less incentive to become citizens.

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This was the right decision.

This also means that there is now a precedent, so other blue states won’t be able to do it.

 

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