“New York City’s Noncitizen Voting Law Is Struck Down”

I blogged last year about a legal challenge to a new extension of voting rights to non-citizens in two Vermont cities. A much more significant expansion took place last fall in New York City, which also faced a similar legal challenge. Per the New York Times, a state court recently concluded that the law violated the state constitution:

“The New York State Constitution expressly states that citizens meeting the age and residency requirements are entitled to register and vote in elections,” the judge wrote in his ruling. “There is no statutory ability for the City of New York to issue inconsistent laws permitting noncitizens to vote and exceed the authority granted to it by the New York State Constitution.”

The text of the court’s ruling is here.

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