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Make DC Voting Rights Act Happen

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"Without Further Delay." That's the headline of an editorial this morning in
the Washington Post.(1) Here's more:

"The people of the District of Columbia shouldn't have to wait another minute,
let alone another month, to get the full voting representation in government
that is their due as Americans."

We can make this happen in the next few days. The DC Voting Rights Act is
headed for a vote in the last few days of the 109th Congress. The Act will give
DC a vote in the US House of Representatives for the first time.

Tell your Congressional Rep. to vote for the DC Voting Rights Act.

Nearly 600,000 Americans living in the District of Columbia have no voting
representation in Congress. It's the only national capital among the world's
democracies that lacks a vote. Even citizens in Baghdad have the right to
representation in Iraq's legislature.

The DC Voting Rights Act recognizes that partisan political considerations have
always entered into issues that are fundamentally about fairness and justice. This proposal
puts those considerations aside by adding two new seats to the House, one for
the District and another that will go to Utah, which barely missed gaining
another seat after the last census. It's a practical, fair solution to a
problem that has been a stain on our democracy for over 200 years.

Even in the bitterly divided partisan atmosphere in Congress, this historic bill
can pass in the next few days. But we need your help now!

Tell your member of Congress to vote for the DC Voting Rights Act.

Thank you for your help.

Ed Davis and Sarah Dufendach
DC Voting Rights team

1: Washington Post editorial, December 5, 2006.

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