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Council votes to put three charter changes on ballots

"I voted" stickers wait for citizens on Town Meeting Day in Burlington on March 3, 2020.


Burlington City Council voted Monday night to put three charter changes on the 2023 Town Meeting Ballot, including resolutions that would implement ranked-choice voting for mayoral elections and all-citizen voting in all municipal elections.

Charter changes in Vermont must first be approved by city voters and then passed through the state senate and house of representatives as well as receiving approval from the governor. The city will hold public hearings on the three charter changes before Town Meeting Day for residents.

Two of the charter changes received unanimous support from the City Council. The ranked-choice voting resolution was opposed by some councilors because of the inclusion of school commissioners and ward election officers.

"I voted" stickers wait for citizens on Town Meeting Day in Burlington on March 3, 2020.

All-resident voting

An all-resident voting charter change would allow non-US citizens who reside in Burlington to vote in municipal elections. Voters would need to be legal US residents, 18 or older, have taken the Voter’s Oath and be registered to vote to participate in elections. The resolution defines a legal resident as “any non-citizen who resides in the United States on a permanent or indefinite basis in compliance with federal immigration laws.”





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