Massive News For Election Integrity: NY Supreme Court Just Ruled On NY Legislation That Gave Non-Citizens The Right To Vote

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A New York City law that would have allowed non-citizens to vote in local elections was struck down on Monday by a judge. The judge said it violated both the state constitution and various provisions of state law.

The New York Post reported:

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Staten Island Supreme Court Justice Ralph Porzio also issued a permanent injunction that bars the city Board of Elections from letting around 800,000 non-citizen residents register to vote.

In a 13-page ruling, Porzio said city officials can’t “obviate” restrictions on the state constitution, which “expressly states that only citizens meeting the age and residency requirements are entitled to register and vote in elections.”

“There is no statutory ability for the City of New York to issue inconsistent laws permitting non-citizens to vote and exceed the authority granted to it by the New York State Constitution,” he wrote.

Porzio said the city’s move also violated sections of the state’s Election Law and Municipal Home Rule Law.

The City Council Minority Leader, Joe Borelli, who challenged the law, was in favor of the ruling, saying it “validates those of us who can read the pain English words of our state constitution” and accused the proponents of seeking to “skirt the law for political gain.”

He said, “Opposition to this measure was bipartisan and cut across countless neighborhood and ethnic lines, yet progressives chose to ignore both our constitution and public sentiment in order to suit their arms.”

“I commend the court in recognizing reality and reminding New York’s professional protestor class that the rule of law matters.”

The New York City council passed the “Our City, Our Vote” bill in December, which would have paved the way for NYC’s green-card holders and residents with work visas to vote in local elections. They would not be allowed to vote in state rot national races. Non-citizens make up 10% of NYC’s population.

Fox News reported:

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

“The New York State Constitution explicitly lays the foundation for ascertaining that only Porto per 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 noncitizens in the New York State Constitution, it was the intent of the framers for non-citizens to be omitted.”

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