Archive for January, 2007

D.C. voting rights

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

It sounds as though some in Congress are again going to attempt to give residents of the District of Columbia Congressional voting rights. This is just so wrong. The Constitution explicitly grants the power to vote for members of the House and Senate to states. Explicitly. It took the 23rd amendment to permit D.C. residents to vote for the President. Why does Congress believe that it can do this without another amendment? If Congress passes such a bill, it will be yet more evidence of its disdain for our constitutional legal system. The federal government is a creation of the states — all elected federal officials are elected through states (excepting said aberration of the 23rd amendment), all amendments are ratified by states, not by citizens at large. D.C. is not a state. The only legal “solutions” to this “problem” are to either amend the Constitution, make D.C. a state or make D.C. residents citizens of a state.