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RITE Is Supporting Local Residents Protecting the Integrity of the Ballot Box


Thursday, March 9, 2023

WASHINGTON, DCRITE is supporting two concerned citizens in Winooski, Vermont, in a constitutional challenge to a local law that allows noncitizens to vote in local elections that have financial implications for taxpayers statewide, including those for school board and for approval of state-funded education budgets.

“The Vermont Constitution draws a clear line that noncitizens are ineligible to vote in elections with statewide implications, which include questions about state-funded programs like public school education,” said Derek Lyons, the CEO and President of Restoring Integrity and Trust in Elections. “Protecting the rule of law is at the core of RITE’s mission, and that includes ensuring the franchise is not unlawfully extended to noncitizens. Americans broadly understand that noncitizen voting is a threat to our democracy. This principle is enshrined in Vermont’s constitution, which prohibits noncitizen voting in local elections from imposing burdens on citizens living in the rest of the state.”

In 2021, the Vermont legislature approved local charters adopted by Montpelier and Winooski that allowed for noncitizens to vote in local elections. On Tuesday, March 7, Burlington voters approved a measure that would allow noncitizen voting in the city’s elections. That measure must still be approved by the Vermont legislature before taking effect.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the lawsuit. 

About RITE

Co-founded in 2022 by National Finance Chairman Steve Wynn, Senior Advisor Karl Rove, and Chairman of the Board Bobby R. Burchfield, RITE is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the rule of law in elections. Working with some of the finest lawyers in the country, RITE supports faithful enforcement of valid, properly enacted, and adopted laws and regulations that promote secure, efficient, and accurate elections throughout the United States.

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