Cheers for the Judge
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer ruled that a San Francisco law allowing noncitizen parents to vote in local school board elections was unconstitutional. The Judge stated that the California Constitution permits only citizens to vote. He noted that the law violated the California Constitution and Elections Code. An identical law that was passed in New York was also struck down by a judge. This law would have allowed 800,000 non-citizens to vote. Judge Ulmer noted that the power of charter cities such as San Francisco to regulate municipal affairs “does not override the Constitution.