New York City’s decision to allow non-citizen foreign nationals to vote in city elections last year is catching on as a trend in other “progressive” leftist jurisdictions. Two towns in Vermont are preparing for their first local elections that open the polling sites to foreign nationals, including ballots printed in foreign languages.
Vermont’s capital cities, Montpelier and Winooski, are the two locations where foreign nationals can vote for the first time. Montpelier has reported one foreign voter has registered to vote, and Winooski says around eight have registered.
Winooski is also planning to ensure that any foreign national who does not speak English will have a ballot in their native language. The city is also engaged in community outreach to recruit as many foreign nationals as possible to vote in the upcoming elections.
Local reporting has identified Julienne Mugisha as one Winooski resident who is foreign national planning to vote there this year. Mugisha moved to Vermont from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018 and said that it “feels incredible” that she is allowed to vote in an American election.
Democrats who control the Vermont state legislature approved changes to the Montpelier and Winooski city charters last June that allow the towns to move forward with permitting foreigners to vote. Republican Governor Phil Scott vetoed the plan but amazingly only because the plan did not approve the changes in every election state-wide. The Democratic legislature voted to override his veto.
The Republican National Committee has brought lawsuits against the two cities over allowing non-citizens to vote. The legal claim argues that the moves violate the Vermont state constitution, which expressly provides that voting rights in the state are reserved for citizens of the United States.
The far-left philosophy that democracy only means democracy if anyone is allowed to vote, whether they are a citizen or have any “skin in the game” whatsoever, might be well-calculated to lead to additional votes in the short run. Whether insecure and unreliable elections are in their real long-term interests remains to be seen.