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RNC Sues Two Vermont Towns For Allowing Non-Citizens To Vote

The governor's veto of the measure was overruled by the state's legislature


The Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit against two Vermont towns that allow non-citizens to vote.

Montpelier and Winooski recently altered their charters so non-citizens who immigrated legally could vote in municipal elections.

“Democrats are trying to dismantle the integrity of our elections,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Monday. “In addition to attacking widely supported safeguards like voter ID, Democrats also want foreign citizens to vote in American elections. Republicans are fighting back on this far-left assault against election integrity — unlike radical Democrats, we believe that our elections should be decided solely by American citizens. This is a matter of principle and we will fight in all 50 states to ensure this remains the case.” 

Vermont state Senator Brian Collamore told Fox News that the right to vote should only be extended to citizens.

“The Montpelier bill allows what is defined as a legal resident of the United States to be able to vote in city elections,” he said. “If someone is here on a permanent basis, why would he or she not want to participate in the process to become a citizen?” 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed the legislation in June. In a letter to legislators, he wrote, “Allowing a highly variable town-by-town approach to municipal voting creates inconsistency in election policy, as well as separate and unequal classes of residents potentially eligible to vote on local issues.”

State Democrats were able to override the veto with a two-third majority vote — 20-10.

For Montpelier City Clerk John Odum, the change allows the towns to conduct themselves independently.

​“It’s always been Montpelier’s call on how we run our elections, and we are thrilled to offer immigrants the same respect that all of their other neighbors expect for themselves,” he told The Monthpelier Bridge. “It’s also nice to think that Montpelier could be an example to other like-minded communities, especially as the first state capital to do this.”

In addition to voting, the changes to the charters of the towns allow non-citizens to run for local office.

Recently, voter expansion is being considered in areas beyond New England. 

Last week, the New York City Council considered a bill that would allow non-citizens to vote in local elections. City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez argued not allowing hundreds of thousands of people in the city to vote because they are not legally citizens was “unprogressive” and “un-American.”

“This is not about doing a favor to immigrants by allowing them to vote. If they pay their taxes, as I did when I had a green card, then they should have a right to elect their local leaders,” he said at a hearing on Sept. 20. “It is now time that we emphasize our immigrant New Yorkers so that they can elect and hold a local leader accountable.”

A majority of the city council will need to support the bill to go into effect. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the measure was prohibited by state law.

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10 responses to “RNC Sues Two Vermont Towns For Allowing Non-Citizens To Vote”

  1. PrimoVictor says:

    Take heart that God is watching. We are all being judged by our actions.
    God bless us all.

  2. see all of my other comments to understand why I said this.

  3. Once again, you miss the point. the point isn’t whether I agree with this policy or not, the point is that local govts telling the Federal Govt to F off by enacting their own legislation regardless of what federal or state law might be, is a very good thing. I am not saying I support the policy I am saying I support the action of flipping the bird to the fed and state govts. And of course the RNC trying to keep power consolidated at the federal level will sue the shit out of them. More counties should behave like this, making their own rules and then should deny the federal govt access.

  4. Lucid_Dreams23 says:

    If foreign nationals can vote in your elections, you are no longer a sovereign state. Russia or China would never have to invade, just send a bunch of “migrants” to Del Rio and vote in whatever flavor of authoritarian communist they like.

  5. Tonybanke says:

    Nope, allowing non citizens to vote is encouraging people to devalue our own rights. They do not get that right because a bunch of kooks like you feel it should happen. Their fugitive’s from law. Let’s start with enforcing our own laws on immigration.

  6. and there are simply not enough natural resources for any nation china russia north korea or any others to actually want to conquer a fractured US it would cost trillions financially and millions in lives and at best they would extract a few limited natural resources and they would never have a firm handle on us. it would simply be impossible.

  7. On the contrary my friend. I am neither on a green card nor an illegal immigrant, and I am certainly not trolling. In fact I think the citizenry should be limited to natural born or naturalized that serve in the armed forces personally, it seems ludicrous that an honor as highly esteemed historically as citizenship should be passed out like candy on Halloween, (and yes personally I think only citizens should hold the right to vote), however, of far greater importance in my opinion is that any local government that would defy the federal or state governments and serve the wishes of their local populace should be encouraged to the utmost. Because if we rewarded encouraged and supported locals that defied centralized power think of the *true* 2A sanctuaries that would emerge, the counties towns and cities that would separate. it would be glorious for personal freedom in my opinion and the best thing to happen to this country since the constitution.

  8. UppityG says:

    @Judah, either you’re in the US legally on a green card, or you’re here illegally with no legal govt permission slip, or you’re trolling. So I’ll just reject your suggestion on its face as the very soul of self-divide for the convenience of the conquerors in need of it when they show up to stake their claim over the now E Unum Pluribus.

    However, I do agree that the States should take back all their rights and powers that they’ve actively or by default allowed the Fed govt to wield for them.

  9. This is awesome. the more towns municipalities counties etc, that exercise their free will and pass legislation that strongly differs from national and state legislation the better. While I might not personally want this for my hometown or county or think its a good idea it is of vastly greater importance that we support local govt independence from state and federal power.

  10. DoubleDownDee says:

    So let me get this straight…
    Allowed tens of millions of illegals into the country so they can essentially override the votes of citizens.
    Sounds totally legit and not seditious at all!
    Coming soon to a state near you.
    Fucking Clown World
    Calgon, take me away…..