Legislation

House overrides veto of non-citizen voting

Rep. Hal Colston (D-Winooski) explains support for non-citizen voting before today’s vote to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of H227.

By Guy Page

The House of Representatives today overrode the vetos of Gov. Phil Scott of two municipal charter changes allowing non-citizen voting. 

The House voted 103-47 to override his veto of H177, allowing non-citizen voting in municipal (but not school) elections in the City of Montpelier. The vote followed a strict party line, with all Democrats and Progressives voting yes and all Republicans voting no. 

The House then voted 103-47 to override his veto of H227, allowing non-citizen voting in municipal and school elections in the City of Winooski. H227 originally passed 99-47 in the House. Today Winooski Rep. Hal Colston admitted the concerns raised by Winooski non-citizens being allowed to vote in school elections as well, but noted that Winooski has its own school district. Because no other municipalities belong to its school district, there is no possible discrimination against other member towns – as would be the case in Montpelier, which belongs to a multi-town school district. 

Colston praised a veto override as an expression of respect for local control, for which the Vermont Legislature is famous, he said. (He did not address a ‘local control’ concern raised yesterday by a former Winooski lawmaker, George Cross: that when given the opportunity to affirm town charter changes upholding gun rights, the Legislature passed.)

Before the vote was held, Rep. Art Peterson (R-Clarendon) noted that the Constitution states that “To vote, you must be a citizen of the United States. Without a very, very clear understanding, I don’t know how we get by that, and allow non-citizens to vote.”

The House adjourned session until October 19, if needed for consideration of federal spending, or until January 4, 2022. 

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  1. Non-citizens voting ? Can I smell a legal challenge ???? I sincerely hope so ! What’s next ? Mail ins to the Kremlin ? Is Vlad a registered Democrat ?

  2. Vermont’s Government, whether in Montpelier or in its Towns, Schools Boards, etc. is VERY CORRUPT and SOCIALIST. There are not enough common sense, conservative, constitutional, American-Loving Patriots to be found in these circles. The state is moving full-steam ahead into the sewer hole of destruction. Implosion to come soon. Let that be chalked up as one of Vermont’s Firsts. Cannot even imagine the wrath yet to come!

  3. So yet another UNCONSTITUTIONAL act by the tyrants. What do they no get about this statement? “Before the vote was held, Rep. Art Peterson (R-Clarendon) noted that the Constitution states that “To vote, you must be a citizen of the United States. Without a very, very clear understanding, I don’t know how we get by that, and allow non-citizens to vote.” IF we need a gofundme to sue them I’m all in.

  4. Any state reps. supporting this are violating their oath to the VT State Constitution and should not be allowed to run again for office. Change the Constitution if you don’t like what it says!

  5. Now maybe real Vermonters will wake up and send these liberals, progressives, and otherwise destroyers of life packing and replace them with individuals who will stand and be firm on the matter of voting rights belonging only to U..S Citizens.

  6. What say you – quite possibly it was planned to happen this way. They are quite creative! Call it posturing…

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