City council members in Burlington, Vermont, passed a resolution in a 10-2 vote on Monday, which would allow non-citizens to vote in local elections.
Councilman Adam Roof, who sponsored the resolution, argued that non-citizens are still residents of the city and should be allowed to vote regardless of whether or not they are U.S. citizens.
“The right to vote is more important now than ever before,” Roof told WCAX-TV. “All residents have the right, in my eyes, to participate in the local democratic process, and the highest level of participation in that process is being able to cast your vote.”
But not everyone on the council was supportive of the resolution. Council President Kurt Wright, one of the two council members to vote against the measure, said he voted against the resolution because he believes voting is a privilege reserved for American citizens.
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