H.177 - AN ACT RELATING TO APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF MONTPELIER - SCOTT VETO
in the State House of Representatives
on June 23, 2021, by a vote of
Purpose: To override Governor Scott’s veto of H.177, which amended the charter of the City of Montpelier to allow non-citizens who are legally in the United States and full-time residents of the city to vote in city elections.
Analysis: Those voting YES assert that non-citizens pay taxes, have children in the schools, and are active participants in the community, therefore they deserve the right to vote on issues that affect them.
Those voting NO assert that voting is a right and responsibility tied to citizenship, and that giving this privilege to non-citizens unfairly undermines the votes of actual citizens. They raise concerns that this will set a precedent for other towns to follow. And, they argue, that allowing non-citizens to vote is unconstitutional.
The Vermont Constitution states (emphasis added): “QUALIFICATIONS OF FREEMEN AND FREEWOMEN, § 42. [VOTER’S QUALIFICATIONS AND OATH] Every person of the full age of eighteen years who is a citizen of the United States, having resided in this State for the period established by the General Assembly and who is of a quiet and peaceable behavior, and will take the following oath or affirmation, shall be entitled to all the privileges of a voter of this state:…”
As Recorded in the House Journal, Wednesday, June 23, 2021: “…Shall the bill pass, notwithstanding the Governor's refusal to approve the bill? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 103. Nays, 47. (The necessary two-thirds vote having been attained.)." (Read the Journal, p. 1668 - 1670). Watch the floor debate on YouTube.
Governor Scott's Veto Letter
How They Voted
(Click on your Rep’s name to send an email)
Sally Achey (R - Middletown Springs) – NO
William Lippert (D – Hinesburg) – YES
Curtis McCormack (D – Burlington) – YES
Kirk White (P/D - Bethel) – YES
Rebecca White (D – Hartford) – YES
Dane Whitman (D - Bennington) – YES
Terri Lynn Williams (R - Granby) –NO
Theresa Wood (D – Waterbury) – YES
David Yacovone (D – Morristown) – YES
Michael Yantachka (D – Charlotte) – YES
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