Socialists and authoritarians nationwide saw opportunity in the pandemic
Now they’ve opened doors for schemes they’ve dreamed of for years.
And test labs for a jaw-dropping 2022 scheme just got stood up in Bernie Sanders’ home state.
Two cities in Vermont changed their charters this past May.
Tucked away in tiny Vermont, Democrats knew the move would go largely unnoticed.
Now the two small towns are leading the way to allow non-citizens to vote and the biggest cities in the nation are looking at making a similar move.
And you won’t believe how far state lawmakers were willing to make sure they can get away with it.
The move to allow non-citizens who are legal immigrants to vote in municipal elections – and it’s revealing how much Democrats want to get a toe in the door for outsiders to influence elections.
Montpelier and Winooski, Vermont are finally starting to draw attention for the plan.
Pew Trusts hopefully headlines an article with, “Noncitizens are Slowly Gaining Voting Rights” and The Daily Caller (no doubt accurately) claims, “Non-Citizen Voting in Vermont Part of Democrats ‘Long Game.’”
Republican Governor Phil Scott vetoed the initiatives, but the Democrat-controlled state legislatures quickly overturned his veto – showing how dedicated they are to the cause.
Since then, the Republican National Committee has filed a lawsuit against both cities. The RNC Chairman, Ronna McDaniel, told Fox News, “Democrats are trying to dismantle the integrity of our elections.”
New York City and Los Angeles, the two largest cities in the United States, are also looking at letting non-citizens vote. Chicago, the third largest city in the US, has allowed non-citizens to vote in local elections.
While arguments in favor for the Vermont law seem to center around people in the US with legal guest visas, many proponents in California are unapologetically catering to illegal immigrants.
Richmond, California is specifically looking at, “a plan that could allow undocumented residents to vote in local elections, citing their lack of a public voice despite the ‘significant contributions’ they make to the community and its economy.”
That story, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle this summer points out that 12 cities around outside of California, “have allowed noncitizen residents, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, to vote in local elections.”
While federal law prohibits non-citizens (legal or illegal) from voting in federal elections, many conservative groups worry once non-citizens are already given entry at polling places it would be easy to “slip-up” and give them access to the entire ballot.
Right now, a total of seven states either allow non-citizen voting or are considering it.
States that have banned it outright include Alabama, Colorado, Florida, and North Dakota.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.