Vermont Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Bills Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote in Two Cities

Vermont Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Bills Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote in Two Cities
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It’s looking like legal permanent residents are gaining the right to vote in two Vermont cities.

According to Fox News:

The Vermont Senate on Thursday voted to override a veto attempt by Republican Gov. Phil Scott to kill a bill that would allow noncitizens to vote. 

In a 20-10 vote, Vermont Democrats just barely achieved the two-thirds majority needed to override the governor’s veto of two separate bills – securing the House’s successful override vote Wednesday.

Vermont has among the most partisan state legislatures. Their state Senate has 21 Democrats and 2 Progressive Party members, and only 7 Republicans. Meanwhile their House has 92 Democrats, 7 Progressives, 5 Independents, and 46 Republicans.

“It appears that once again the Vermont elected Democrats show a complete disregard to what it means to be a citizen,” Republican National Committeeman for Vermont Jay Shepard told Fox News. “Their vote to override the Governor’s veto disenfranchises those in Vermont who are citizens.”

Legal resident noncitizens in the cities of Montpelier and Winooski will now be able to vote in municipal elections.

While this is to only apply to legal resident noncitizens, there are obvious concerns that illegal aliens could benefit as well.

While no such policies like this should exist, there is a silver lining in that it will likely have no impact on the outcome of elections in those two Vermont cities, which are already in the most liberal state in the union to begin with. Montpelier’s vote in the 2020 election went 88% for Biden and 9% to Trump, while Winooski’s breakdown was 81% Biden/16% Trump.

Of course, knowing Vermont, there could easily be a statewide push for a similar policy in the future that would impact the few Republican-leaning parts of the state in local elections.

Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New YorkDebunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate


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