Montpelier approves non-citizen voting in local elections
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Voters in Vermont’s capital city have approved seeking a charter change to allow non-U.S. citizens to vote in municipal elections.
The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports Montpelier is the first Vermont city or town to pass the measure.
City Clerk John Odum has said that on every Town Meeting Day, when residents vote on local issues, one or two people ask why their spouses can’t give input on city decisions.
Winooski also was considering having residents cast ballots on whether to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections but city officials said the issue needed more community discussion.
Several Maryland communities allow non-citizens to vote in local elections, and San Francisco does for school board elections. Any city charter changes in Vermont have to be approved by the Legislature.
Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/