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Vermont City Council Gives Green Light to Non-Citizen Voting

City council members in Burlington, Vermont, passed a resolution in a 10-2 vote on Monday, which would allow non-citizens to vote in local elections.
Councilman Adam Roof, who sponsored the resolution, argued that non-citizens are still residents of the city and should be allowed to vote regardless of whether or not they are U.S. citizens.

“The right to vote is more important now than ever before,” Roof told WCAX-TV. “All residents have the right, in my eyes, to participate in the local democratic process, and the highest level of participation in that process is being able to cast your vote.”

But not everyone on the council was supportive of the resolution. Council President Kurt Wright, one of the two council members to vote against the measure, said he voted against the resolution because he believes voting is a privilege reserved for American citizens.

“I think that’s important. I would not expect to move to another country and not become a citizen and expect to be voting in their elections,” said Wright, a Republican. “We voted on this just a few years ago and the citizens of Burlington voted significantly against it so I’m not supportive of this proposal.”

Burlington, which is the hometown of 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), is home to 42,000 people and is considered the largest city in Vermont, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

It also hosts the University of Vermont, which hosts at least 10,000 undergraduate students.

The resolution needs approval from the state legislature before it can become law, the Associated Press reported.

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. paulette barrow

    October 10, 2019 at 12:49 am

    AS USUAL ALL THE DEMS KNOW HOW TO DO IS CHEAT,AND IF AMERICANS DONT BITCH ABOUT THIS YOUR PART OF THE PROBLEM,ILLEGALS/NON CITIZENS SHOULD NOT BE VOTING IN THIS COUNTRY,THATS WHY THEY WANTED THEM TO FLOOD IN HERE. YOUR CHEATING ISNT GOING TO WORK

  2. John

    October 10, 2019 at 4:35 am

    This is ridiculous if one non-citizen is caught voting in a national election no vote from that city should count.

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