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The United States is the only representative democracy that does not afford the citizens of its capital voting representation…This is not only a national disgrace, but an international embarrassment...
posted by DCFusion
“ . . the DC Voting Rights Act passing the House of Representatives yesterday which was a great step forward. I was wondering what my fellow ATP members think about Washington DC not having a vote in Congress? W-DC does not have a vote in congress because the constitution requires House representatives come from states, and W-DC is not a state. [Edited by Don W]
Note. US Con. Article 1, Section 8. “Cl. 17. To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;--And
Cl. 18. To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.
1. The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct: A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.
2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate