A political committee that leads the national Republican Party took legal action against two Vermont cities for letting noncitizens vote on Sept. 28.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) is suing Montpellier and Winooski for allegedly breaching electoral integrity. Both town charters are accused of violating a fundamental rule that only Americans should elect representatives.
“In addition to attacking widely supported safeguards like voter ID, Democrats also want foreign citizens to vote in American elections,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “Republicans are fighting back on this far-left assault against election integrity–unlike radical Democrats, we believe that our elections should be decided solely by American citizens.”
McDaniel is open the possibility of using judicial means to prevent foreigners from casting ballots across the United States.
“This is a matter of principle, and we will fight in all 50 states to ensure this remains the case,” she said in the statement.
Vermont state Senator Brian Collamore (R) revealed the Montpelier bill permits so-called “legal residents” of the United States to vote in city elections. He is concerned the definition could theoretically be amended to include different kinds of aliens.
Democrats were previously accused of wanting to permanently control elections despite the second article in the Constitution giving legislatures the “sole responsibility for setting the election laws.”
“They want to take all of that away through an absolute power grab by incentivizing dangerous behavior: internet registration, no photo ID requirement, automatic felon voting,” Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) previously said. “One of the things that concerns me the most is the ability for people to ballot harvest.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is also no fan of the Democrats’s proposal.
“This is about nothing other than trying to help the Democrats win elections in perpetuity,” he said. “It is [intended] to take control of the Federal Election Commission to make it a prosecutor, provide public financing for elections [and] same-day registration–which I just saw in a poll that says something like 81 percent of Americans are concerned that something like this will lead to voter fraud.”
Dmitri Mehlhorn, a key confidant of Democratic financier Reid Hoffman, believes all attrition involved in developing the S. 1 For the People Act sets the party up for failure. He also accused the legislation of “dragging me and my country off a cliff,” according to an earlier report.