D.C. mayor allows $1 taxi fee to offset fuel cost washingtonpost.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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March 29, 2011
You wouldn't think the Nation's capital would have any problem voting.
But it wasn't until 50 years ago on this date for them to get the vote with the ratification of the 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Not much fanfare about it considering it is a major anniversary.
"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..."
The amendment allows residents of Washington D.C. to vote for presidential and vice presidential candidates, but still doesn't grant district residents voting representation in Congress.
You can't have everything.
It's one of the few amendments there's not much controversy about but maybe we can stir some up.
While many southern states didn't ratify it at the time, Arkansas was the only state to actually reject it, with Rep. Marion Crank living up to his name saying:
“They propose to create another state. Giving them electors is the first step.”
Technically, the 1964 election was the first election that district residents voted for president and vice president with their three electoral votes.
Originally 100 sq mi, the site was chosen by President George Washington and became the seat of the federal government by 1800. In a complicated process part of the district of Alexandria, Va. was retroceded to Virginia in 1847, which reduced the federal district to 68 sq miles.
It was called "The Territory of Columbia" after the man some thought we should have named the country after. Later, territory gave way to "District."
Now about this statehood thing.
Every now and then the District is not satisfied with its current status and wants to pass a resolution to call themselves "New Columbia," the 51st state in the Union — which would give the citizens of Washington, D.C. full representation in the United States Congress and their own local affairs.
Seems they have the best of both worlds now.
They can vote, though their small electorate vote probably won't determine the election, and they can say, whoever is in Congress, don't blame us.
Bill of Rights archives.gov Take a look at an interesting article we found.
District of Columbia answers.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
History of the Twenty-Third Amendment thefreedictionary.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
If the District became a state what name should it have?