Give DC Equal Representation!

Give DC Equal Representation!

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The District of Columbia has long been a part of United States history. It is our capital city, the place where important government decisions are made. It wasn't until 60 years ago that citizens of this district were given the right to vote for the President of the United States, once every four years.

There are currently hundreds of thousands of people in the District of Columbia, which surpasses the populations of both Wyoming and Vermont, both of which are states. (According to population growth statistics, the District of Columbia is growing at a rapid rate and will likely overtake Alaska, in terms of population, in the next 5-15 years.) You can't claim that there aren't enough people in Washington DC to vote.

The District of Columbia has long advocated for equal representation in congress. If any person took a poll of, for example, the entirety of the District of Columbia, a wide majority would want equal congressional representation.

60 years ago, Washington DC was given the right to vote in presidential elections, but was never to be given more electoral votes than "the least populous state." The total electoral votes of a state is equal to the total number of United States Senators and the United States Representatives in that state. For example, as of the 2020 presidential election, the state of Washington was given 12 electoral votes; 2 for their 2 senators, and 10 for their 10 representatives, as well as 10 congressional districts. (10+2=12.) The District of Columbia has a set number of 3 electoral college votes. If it were a state, this would be a sum of 2 senators and one representative or one at-large congressional district. 

If Washington DC has the (extremely reasonable) right to vote in presidential elections, why shouldn't they get a voting representative in Congress, as well as 2 senators. The Constitution states that every eligible United States citizen has the right to vote, so why shouldn't the District of Columbia?

I don't live in the District of Columbia, but I know their lack of congressional representation is unjustifiable. Sign and share this position if you'd like to advocate for equal rights.

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