A third Vermont city will now allow noncitizens to vote

A third Vermont city will now allow noncitizens who are legal residents to vote in local elections after the Democrat-controlled Legislature on Tuesday overrode the Republican governor’s veto of the Burlington charter change bill. Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, now joins Montpelier and Winooski, which already permit such voting. City residents voted in favor of the charter change in March. Eight states have laws that only allow U.S. citizens to vote in elections. Federal law prohibits noncitizens from voting in federal elections, including races for president, vice president, Senate or House of Representatives. In January, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that such voting in local elections in Montpelier doesn’t violate the state constitution.