New York court rules noncitizen voting in local elections is unconstitutional

A New York appeals court ruled Wednesday that a state law that would have granted noncitizens the right to vote in local elections was unconstitutional.

In a 3-1 ruling, the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department struck down a law that would have permitted legal residents and green card holders in New York City the ability to participate in municipal elections. The bill was approved in 2021 and enacted in 2022, despite opposition from Republicans, who called the legislation reckless. It had yet to take effect.

“We determine that this local law was enacted in violation of the New York State Constitution and Municipal Home Rule Law, and thus, must be declared null and void,” Appellate Judge Paul Wooten wrote in the majority ruling. “Article IX provides
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