Non-citizen voting in New York is illegal

Well, that was quick work. In December, the New York City Council passed a law allowing approximately 800,000 noncitizens to vote in local elections. Mayor Eric Adams, a man of action, neither signed nor vetoed the bill, allowing it to go into effect. But on Monday, a state judge declared it “illegal, null and void because it violates the Constitution of New York.”

This has always been a distinct possibility, as we warned at the time. The state constitution guarantees “every citizen” the right to vote, “provided that such citizen” is 18 years old and has lived in New York for 30 days. Another constitutional section promises a process “for determining, by proper evidence, the citizens who shall be entitled to the right of suffrage.”


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