By Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2020

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A proposal to allow legal non-citizens to vote in Burlington city elections will not be on the Town Meeting Day ballot in March.

Burlington city councilor Adam Ward, an independent, introduced the proposal this fall, saying that all Burlington residents are affected by decisions made by the local government, regardless of their citizenship status, so they should be allowed to vote. The City Council voted in support of the resolution. But on Tuesday, Ward withdrew the proposal, saying there needs to be more public discussions so people are better informed, WCAX-TV reported.

“There was a growing level of misunderstanding and confusion when it comes to the facts related to this charter change,” he said in a statement. “My intention with this motion is to put this initiative in the best position to pass, and given how the public discussion has developed as of late, I don’t believe that time is this coming March.”

The charter change would have had to have been approved by the Legislature. A similar charter change in Montpelier stalled in the Senate during the last legislative session, after it was approved in the House.

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