NY Supreme Court Rules Against City Council: Noncitizens May Not Vote
While the New York City Council passed a law that would allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections, a State Supreme Court judge ruled against the law, saying that it is inconsistent with the New York State constitution which explicitly states that “citizens meeting the age and residency requirements are entitled to register and vote in the elections,” the judge wrote.
The City Council’s “Our City, Our Vote” bill passed in December and became law in January. The bill would allow around 800,000 immigrants to vote for mayor, public advocate, city council and borough presidents.
Councilman Kalman Yeger voted against the bill, saying at the time that it is unconstitutional.
“This law was unconstitutional from the start, and even those who voted for it knew this,” Councilman Yeger tweeted. “Only Albany can change this. Not the Council. That's why I voted against it last year.”