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RNC joins Vermont GOP to sue cities over charter changes giving voting rights to noncitizens

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The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that they have partnered with the Vermont GOP to sue the cities of Montpelier and Winooski, Vermont over new town charters allowing noncitizens to vote in their municipal elections.

The RNC described the charters as part of a “radical scheme passed by Vermont Democrats, to allow foreign citizens to decide American elections is a blatant attack on election integrity and violates the state constitution which requires Vermont voters to be U.S. citizens,” in a press release.

The Vermont state Senate approved changes to the cities’ charters in May, prompting a number of concerns from Republicans about how the laws will be implemented and whether non-citizens will end up on the same voter registration lists used for state-level and federal elections the release said.

“Democrats are trying to dismantle the integrity of our elections,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said. “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.”

Taking to Twitter, McDaniel said the “radical scheme passed by state Democrats is a blatant attack on election integrity.”

Gov. Phil Scott cited “inconsistency in election policy” across the state to veto the legislation in June, but Senate Democrats managed to override the veto in a 20-10 vote.

“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,” Scott wrote in a letter to legislators.

In an interview with Fox News at the time, Republican state Sen. Brian Collamore said those who wish to participate in local elections should pursue the path to citizenship available to them.

“I believe if someone wishes to be able to vote they should be a citizen,” Collamore told Fox News. “The Montpelier bill allows what is defined as a legal resident of the United States to be able to vote in city elections. … If someone is here on a permanent basis, why would he or she not want to participate in the process to become a citizen?”

A social media user responded to the story to tie the story to the unchecked flow of illegal immigration on our wide-open southern border with Mexico — the aforementioned legislation being the proverbial foot in the door.

“Here is why the flood of illegals is important to Dem’s [sic] and a non issue for them. We have begun the process of allowing them all to vote. This needs to stop!” the tweet read.

The Michigan GOP also responded, tweeting: “Democrats know their only path to victory is to change the rules to their benefit. The GOP will continue to fight their radical agendas and FOR election integrity every step of the way!”

Tom Tillison

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