Last week, the Republican National Committee announced that it is suing two cities in Vermont over provisions in their town charters that allow non-citizens to vote. The Vermont GOP and several Vermont voters are also joining the lawsuit.
The RNC and the VTGOP are today suing the cities of Montpelier and Winooski, Vermont over their new town charters that allow noncitizens to vote in their municipal elections.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) September 28, 2021
This radical scheme passed by state Democrats is a blatant attack on election integrity. pic.twitter.com/YfU2ZLxw3D
Fox News reported:
The case centers around the Vermont cities of Montpelier and Winooski, who in May had changes to their charters approved by the state's Senate that allowed noncitizens to vote in their municipal elections.
"I believe if someone wishes to be able to vote they should be a citizen," Vermont state Sen. Brian Collamore told Fox News in an interview at the time. "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?"
Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the legislation in June, citing "inconsistency in election policy" across the state. . .
But the governor's veto was overridden by the Senate in a 20-10 vote, with Democrats getting just enough votes to clear the two-thirds majority needed for a veto override.
The RNC is fighting for fair elections.— GOP (@GOP) September 28, 2021
People must be citizens of the United States to vote at ANY and ALL levels of government.https://t.co/cezKtMhOiv
A press release announcing the lawsuit explained:
This 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.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel added:
Democrats are trying to dismantle the integrity of our elections. 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.
The RNC should be applauded for its efforts to protect the integrity of our elections.
Republicans are fighting back against Democrats’ attempts to undermine election integrity.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) October 1, 2021
The RNC is engaging in 27 election integrity-related lawsuits nationwide and building out a historic, year-round election integrity operation.