In March of this year, New York City passed a law that would allow noncitizens to vote in local elections.

The law would have allowed tens of thousands of green card holders and illegal immigrants in the state to cast their vote for mayor, city council, and school board elections.

Critics of the law said that it could significantly water down the vote of black citizens in New York who tend to live in immigrant-heavy communities.

Today, a New York state judge ruled that the law violates New York State’s constitution.

The Republican Party of New York chairman, Nick Langworthy celebrated the ruling as a “victory for citizen rights, election integrity, and the rule of law.”

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A spokesperson for the mayor’s office said that New York officials are “evaluating next steps” after the ruling.

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A New York court struck down New York City’s noncitizen voting law Monday, ruling that the law violated the state’s constitution and state election laws.

In a 13-page opinion obtained by the Daily Caller’s Henry Rodgers, the New York Supreme Court for Richmond County ruled against Mayor Eric Adams and the New York City Council, declaring that a law permitting noncitizen lawful permanent residents and green card holders to vote in municipal elections was illegal.

“The New York State Constitution explicitly lays the foundation for ascertaining that only proper citizens retain the right to voter privileges,” Judge Ralph J. Rorzio wrote. “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.”

“Based upon the foregoing analysis, the Court finds that the Municipal Voting Law explicitly violates the New York State Constitution, as only ‘citizens’ may vote in elections,” the judge ruled.

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