April 1, 2002
the Agenda for Electoral Reform and Voter Bill of Rights:
District of Columbia has more citizens than several other
states yet it has no voting representation in the U.S. Senate
or House of Representatives. This is manifestly
undemocratic. There is no good reason why all of our
citizens should not have to (sic) opportunity to choose voting
representatives to Congress."1
the factual errors first, then refute the assertions.
of Columbia does not have more citizens than several other
states. According to the 2000 Census only Wyoming is less
populated. In 1990, 3 states were smaller, however, in the
decade of the 1990's, the District was the only political entity
to experience a population decline - 5.7%.2
fact is the District was never supposed to have voting rights in
Congress. What is interesting however is Eleanor Holmes
Norton is a Democratic Delegate from the District and even
though she does not vote on the floor of Congress, she does vote
in House Committees in which she sits, and, it appears, she can
even propose legislation.3
issue is not just about a simple demand for Statehood. The
assertions about democratic unfairness have just enough of a
ring of injustice to mute the underlying complexities of the
issue. The place to begin to understand the issues is to
first go back to the time the District was created, and then
move forward to today.
The Voters' Bill
of Rights, Action Agenda For Electoral Reform.
2. US Department of Commerce, Economics and
Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, Population Change
and Distribution, Census 2000 Brief, by Marc J. Perry and Paul
J. Mackun, with Josephine D. Baker, Colleen D. Joyce, Lisa R.
Lollock, and Lucinda S. Pearson. Table 1 U.S.
Population for Region, State and Puerto Rico: 1990-2000.
On April 1, 2000, the District had a population of
572,059. Wyoming had a population of 493,782.
3. Doesn't it seem that a vote in committee is
at least a diluted, contributory vote on issues that the House
considers? Perhaps an argument can be made that even this
voting should not occur. If she cannot vote, why can she
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