Historic Opportunity to Advance DC Voting Rights Act

Eleanor Holmes Norton and Tom DavisAfter historic advances for voting representation for the District of Columbia this past year, advocates are pushing to pass the DC Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act (H.R. 5388) before the close of the year's legislative session. The plan would grant the District voting representation, while adding an additional congressional seat for Utah under a to-be-determined redistricting scheme. Utah lawmakers have sprung into action to create the new map,  while President Bush has recently pledged to review the legislation. Meanwhile, the incoming city administration and Democratic House leadership have pledged to support the bill, creating a perfect storm for advancing voting rights this year.

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