Voting Rights; or DID THE VERMONT STATE LEGISLATURE
JUST SHRED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE?
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON THEM!!!
by Cris Ericson
The cities of Winooski, VERMONT and Montpelier, VERMONT
voted to allow non-citizens to VOTE in their
local elections and the Vermont State Legislature PASSED these Bills
into LAW by over-riding Republican Governor Phil Scott’s VETO.
I am not a Republican, BUT,
Was Vermont Governor Phil Scott right to veto the legislation?
What action could he take now to put the Vermont State Legislature
back on track with the rest of the United States of America?
O.K., so I have a few immediate concerns:
will the foreigners help to vote new parking laws
in the city of Montpelier, the capitol of Vermont?
Don’t mess with my parking!!!
Next, will the foreigners in the city of Winooski
help to vote to make
worse laws polluting the holy hell out of Lake Champlain
from which one-third of Vermonters draw their
drinking water? (and I like to swim there, too.)
IS A VOTE BY A NON-CITIZEN A CONTRIBUTION TO THE
POLITICAL CAMPAIGN OF THE PERSON WHO IS VOTED FOR?
52 United States Code Section 30121: Contributions and donations
by foreign nationals.
It shall be unlawful for–
(1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make–
(A) a contribution or donation of money
OR OTHER THING OF VALUE,
or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation,
in connection with a Federal,
or LOCAL ELECTION;
(B) a contribution or donation to a committee of a political party; or
(C) an expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement
for an electioneering communication
(within the meaning of section 30104(f)(3) of this title); or
(2) a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation
described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) from a foreign national.
(b) “Foreign national” defined
As used in this section, the term “foreign national” means–
(1) a foreign principal, as such term is defined by section 611(b) of Title 22 ,
except that the term “foreign national” shall not include any individual
who is a citizen of the United States; or
(2) an individual who is not a citizen of the United States
or a national of the United States (as defined in section 1101(a)(22) of Title 8 )
and who is not lawfully admitted for permanent residence,
as defined by section 1101(a)(20) of Title 8 .
By Landen and Norton https://vtdigger.org
June 24, 2021
…”The charter changes to Winooski and Montpelier will now become law….
The Winooski measure, H.227
allows legal residents to vote in both city government
and school district elections,
while the Montpelier measure, H.177
applies only to city government elections.”…
H. 177 VT LEG #356308 v.1
An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the City of Montpelier
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. CHARTER AMENDMENT APPROVAL
The General Assembly approves the amendment to the charter of the City of Montpelier
as set forth in this act. Voters approved the proposal of amendment on November 6, 2018.
Sec. 2. 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 5 is amended to read:
CHAPTER 5. CITY OF MONTPELIER
* * *
Subchapter 15. City Voter Checklist
§ 1501. ELIGIBILITY OF NONCITIZEN VOTERS
(a) Notwithstanding 17 V.S.A. § 2121(a)(1), any person may register to vote
in Montpelier City elections who on election day is a citizen of the United States
or a legal resident of the United States,
provided that person otherwise meets the qualifications of 17 V.S.A. chapter 43.
(b) A noncitizen voter shall not be eligible to vote on any State or federal candidate
or question by virtue of registration under this section.
AS PASSED BY HOUSE AND SENATE H.177
2021 Page 2 of 3
VT LEG #356308 v.1
§ 1502. CITY VOTER CHECKLIST; CITY CLERK DUTIES TO
The City Clerk shall maintain a City voter checklist composed of voters
eligible to vote in City elections under 17 V.S.A. chapter 43 and this subchapter
and shall keep this City voter checklist separate from any other voter checklist.
The City Clerk shall develop all necessary forms and procedures for implementation of this subchapter.
§ 1503. CITY ELECTION BALLOT
In any election involving a federal, State, county, special district, or school district office
or question and a City question or City office, the City Clerk shall prepare a ballot
that contains only the City questions and candidates, except for justices of the peace.
§ 1504. DEFINITIONS
As used in this subchapter:
(1) “Legal resident of the United States”
means any noncitizen who resides in the United States
on a permanent or indefinite basis
in compliance with federal immigration laws.
(2) “Noncitizen voter” means
any voter who registers and qualifies to vote in City elections
under section 1501 of this charter…
Republican Vermont Governor Phil Scott should ask:
Is it unconstitutional for a non-citizen to vote in a
local election in any State of the United States of America?
What types of laws are unconstitutional?
The U.S. Supreme Court decision declared in
Roe v. Wade (1973) that prohibiting abortion is unconstitutional;
and Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Supreme Court
of the United States ruled that racial segregation
in public schools to be unconstitutional.
Three separate lists of Supreme Court decisions appear below:
part I lists cases holding state constitutional or statutory provisions unconstitutional,
part II lists cases holding local laws unconstitutional,
and part III lists cases holding that state or local laws are preempted by federal law.
Article III, Section 2 of the
United States Constitution:
In all Cases affecting Ambassadors,
other public Ministers and Consuls,
AND THOSE IN WHICH
A STATE SHALL BE A PARTY,
the Supreme Court of the United States shall have original Jurisdiction.
In all the other Cases before mentioned,
the U.S. Supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction,
both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions,
and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.
WHAT IS AT RISK BY FOREIGNERS BEING ALLOWED TO
VOTE IN TWO OF THE LARGEST CITIES IN THE STATE OF VERMONT?
The people of the United States of America fought hard for
our freedom from control by foreigners. Why is the Vermont
State Legislature giving our Country back to foreigners
symbolically by allowing them to vote in the capitol city of
Vermont, Montpelier, and in Winooski, Vermont by Lake Champlain
from which one-third of Vermonters draw their drinking water
and are at risk of local sewage disposal laws which foreigners
might help pass?
The DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776
The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human Events, it
becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the
Political Bands which have connected them with
another, and to assume among the Powers of the
Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the
Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them,
a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind
requires that they should declare the causes which
impel them to the Separation.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident,
that all Men are created equal, that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and
the pursuit of Happiness-That to secure these
Rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the
Governed, that whenever any Form of Government
becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of
the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
new Government, laying its Foundation on such
Principles, and organizing its Powers in such
Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect
their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will
dictate that Governments long established should
not be changed for light and transient Causes;
and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that
Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are
sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing
the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when
a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing
invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce
them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it
is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to
provide new Guards for their future Security. Such
has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies;
and such is now the Necessity which constrains
them to alter their former Systems of Government.
The History of the present King of Great-Britain
is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations,
all having in direct Object the Establishment of an
absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let
Facts be submitted to a candid World.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most
wholesome and necessary for the public Good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws
of immediate and pressing Importance, unless
suspended in their Operation till his Assent should
be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly
neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the
Accommodation of large Districts of People,
unless those People would relinquish the Right
of Representation in the Legislature, a Right
inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants
He has called together Legislative Bodies at
Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from
the Depository of their public Records, for the sole
Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with
He has dissolved Representative Houses
repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his
Invasions on the Rights of the People.
He has refused for a long Time, after such
Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected;
whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of
Annihilation, have returned to the People at large
for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean
time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from
without, and Convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the Population
of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the
Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to
pass others to encourage their Migrations hither,
and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice,
by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing
He has made Judges dependent on his Will
alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and the
Amount and Payment of their Salaries.
He has erected a Multitude of new Offices,
and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our
People, and eat out their Substance.
He has kept among us, in Times of Peace,
Standing Armies, without the consent of our
He has affected to render the Military
independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us
to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and
unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to
their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from
Punishment for any Murders which they should
commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the
For imposing Taxes on us without our
For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits
of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for
For abolishing the free System of English
Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing
therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its
Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example
and fit Instrument for introducing the same
absolute Rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our
most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally
the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and
declaring themselves invested with Power to
legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by
declaring us out of his Protection and waging War
He has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts,
burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our
He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies
of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the Works of
Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun
with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely
paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally
unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken
Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against
their Country, to become the Executioners of their
Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their
He has excited domestic Insurrections
amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the
Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian
Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an
undistinguished Destruction of all Ages, Sexes and
In every stage of these Oppressions we have
Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms:
Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by
repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus
marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is
unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.
Nor have we been wanting in Attentions to
our British Brethren. We have warned them from
Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to
extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We
have reminded them of the Circumstances of our
Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed
to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we
have conjured them by the Ties of our common
Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which,
would inevitably interrupt our Connections and
Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the
Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must,
therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which
denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we
hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace,
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united
States of America, in General Congress, Assembled,
appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for
the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name,
and by Authority of the good People of these
Colonies, solemnly Publish and
Declare, That these
United Colonies are,
and of Right ought to be Free
and Independent States;
that they are absolved from
all Allegiance to the British Crown,
and that all
political Connection between them and the State of
is and ought to be totally dissolved;
and that as Free and Independent States,
Pur they have
full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract
Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other
Acts and Things which Independent States may of
right do. -And for the support of this Declaration,
with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine
Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Signed by ORDER and in BEHALF of the CONGRESS,
John Hancock, President
Cris Ericson is a perennial political candidate in Vermont.
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