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Vermont Constitution States: “Every person… who is a citizen of the United States…”

In the News:
November 3, 2020 –  Winooski voters chose to allow non-U.S. citizens the right to vote in municipal elections. The vote tally was 2,479 to 999 in favor of the initiative, according to unofficial results posted on the Winooski city website. Read More…

Legislative Watch:
H.227 – This bill proposes to approve amendments to the charter of the City of Winooski to:

(1) authorize noncitizens to vote in City elections;

(2) align petition signature requirements with State law;

(3) amend miscellaneous administrative provisions of the City charter;

(4) allow the City to adopt any charter provision approved for any other municipality, without seeking approval from the General Assembly.

Status:  3.16.21 – Read Second Time and referred to Committee on Education

H.177 – §1501. ELIGIBILITY OF NONCITIZEN VOTERS2(a) Notwithstanding 17 V.S.A. 121(a)(1), any person may register to vote in Montpelier City elections who on election day is a legal resident of the United States, provided that person otherwise meets the qualifications of 17V.S.A. chapter 43.6(b) A noncitizen voter shall not be eligible to vote on any State or federal candidate or question by virtue of registration under this section

Status: 3.12.21 – Passed the House.  Senate: 1st read and referred to Committee on Government Operations

3.26.21 – House Committee on Education decided Wednesday that allowing noncitizens in Winooski to vote on school district matters is constitutional, sending the city’s charter change back to the floor of the Vermont House

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