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Judge says NYC can’t let noncitizens vote in city elections

By JENNIFER PELTZJune 27, 2022
FILE — New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez speaks during a rally on the steps of New York City Hall, ahead of a City Council vote to allow lawful permanent residents to cast votes in elections to pick the mayor, City Council members and other municipal officeholders, Dec. 9, 2021. A judge on Monday, June 27, 2022, blocked New York City from letting noncitizens vote for mayor and other municipal offices, a measure that Republicans challenged as unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City can’t let noncitizens vote for mayor and other city officials, a judge ruled Monday, siding with Republicans who challenged the measure as unconstitutional. 

In January, New York became the first major U.S. city to grant widespread municipal voting rights to noncitizens, though none had cast ballots yet. The law didn’t affect presidential, congressional or state elections. 

The law’s supporters said it gave an electoral voice to many people who have made a home in the city and pay taxes to it but face tough paths to citizenship. New York GOP Chair Nick Langworthy and several Republican elected officials said the law violated provisions in the state constitution and state election law that specifically confer voting rights on citizens. 

State court Judge Ralph Porzio agreed with the GOP.

“Though voting is a right that so many citizens take for granted, the City of New York cannot ‘obviate’ the restrictions imposed by the Constitution,” wrote Porzio, whose court is on Staten Island. His ruling blocks the city from registering potentially more than 800,000 new voters without U.S. citizenship. 




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How anyone even CONSIDERED letting non citizens vote in elections is beyond me…..

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