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CNN: Vermont’s capital could allow noncitizens to vote in local elections

Odum said Vermont’s state constitution doesn’t explicitly bar noncitizens from voting in local elections. But the city’s charter would need to be changed, via a special election, to allow it in Montpelier. And then state lawmakers in Vermont would have to give it their OK. A measure allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections could pass in liberal Montpelier, predicts Odum, who said he’s received very little pushback since word of this proposal got out. “Nothing from inside of Montpelier,” he said. “And just a smidgen from outside the city.” But he’s not so sure state lawmakers would go for it.