The Supreme Court of New York has struck down a wacky, widely resented policy that allowed non-citizens to vote in New York City’s local elections.
The law would have allowed nearly 1 million foreign nationals to vote, Fox News reported.
Law allowing non-citizens to vote struck down
Even Bill de Blasio, the city’s dopey progressive former mayor, conceded that the law posed “big legal questions.” But it became law by default after both de Blasio and his successor, Eric Adams, failed to veto the bill, which passed the city council in December.
It allowed non-citizens to vote after residing in New York for just 30 days before an election and granted voted privileges to those with green cards, work authorization, or federal protection from deportation under Obama’s DACA policy. The law was the first of its kind in the country.
Republicans sued to overturn the law, and Richmond County Supreme Court Judge Ralph Porzio ruled that it violated the state’s constitution.
“It is this Court’s belief that by not expressly including non-citizens in the New York State Constitution, it was the intent of the framers for non-citizens to be omitted,” Porzio said.
“It is clear to this Court that voting is a right granted to citizens of the United States,” he added.
Common sense upheld
City Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli, a Republican from Staten Island, praised the Supreme Court for putting the city’s “professional protestor class” in its place.
“I commend the court in recognizing reality and reminding New York’s professional protestor class that the rule of law matters,” he said.
The court’s ruling came a day before New York’s primary races for governor on Tuesday. The policy became an issue in the GOP contest, and the Republican candidates took turns praising the judge’s ruling.
“Common sense has prevailed,” contender Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, tweeted.
Indeed, it shouldn’t have taken a Supreme Court ruling to recognize the simple truth that the United States is a sovereign country. Still, the city’s far-left leaders called the ruling “disappointing” and promised to fight it. Of course.