Judge strikes down law allowing non-citizens to vote in NYC

A judge in the US state of New York has struck down a law that would have allowed residents of New York City who are not citizens to vote in local elections.

Judge Ralph Porzio, of New York State Supreme Court for Staten Island, ruled on Monday that the law violated the state constitution, which says that “[e]very citizen” is entitled to vote.

The city’s law department, which could challenge the ruling in a higher state court, said the city was evaluating its options.

“This is a disappointing court ruling for people who value bringing in thousands more New Yorkers into the democratic process,” the statement said.

Republican Party officials in the state had pushed back against the law and sued the city, stating that it diminished the power of the franchise and would force politicians to win the support of a new group of voters.

“Today’s decision validates those of us who can read the plain English words of our state constitution and state statutes: non-citizen voting in New York is illegal,” New York city councillor and Republican minority leader Joseph Borelli said in a statement.

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