An amendment to the Constitution needs to be passed to give DC voting rights. Congress has passed laws to modify the DC government structure in the past. In 1961, the 23rd Constitutional amendment granted DC residents the right to vote in Presidential elections. In 1973, Congress passed the District of Columbia Home Rule Act giving DC the right to a local government (mayor and city council). For decades DC residents have written letters, protested, and filed lawsuits striving to change the city’s voting status. Unfortunately, to date they have been unsuccessful.
What Can You Do to Help?
- Call the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111 and let the President know that you support the DC Voting Rights Act
- Contact a member of Congress and tell them to pass the DC Voting Rights Act
- Pass the Word
For more information on this issue, see DC Vote
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