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The 51st State? The Struggle for DC Voting Rights
Last Featured: 2/6/2001

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Overview

Virtually every American would agree that being represented by a voting member of Congress is one of the bedrock rights of this country, but one group of taxpaying citizens still does not have a voting representative in Congress, the roughly 500,000 residents of Washington, DC. This status is written into the U-S Constitution and some say it will take a constitutional amendment to give voting rights to Washingtonians. Others are campaigning for statehood for the District of Columbia and say that only the creation of a new state will guarantee local citizens self-determination and freedom from federal control.


Guests
Adam Kurland is a professor at Howard University School of Law where he teaches and writes about criminal law and criminal procedure. Kurland is the author of a Law Review article called Partisan Rhetoric, Constitutional Reality and Political Responsibility, the Troubling Constitutional Consequences of Achieving DC Statehood by Simple Legislation. A graduate of UCLA law school, Professor Kurland is active with the American Bar Association, he regularly appeared on CNN as a legal analyst during the O.J. Simpson trial.

Jamin Raskin is a professor at American University Washington College of Law where he teaches constitutional law, criminal law and local government law. He directs the Marshall Brennan Fellows Program which sends law students into public high schools to teach about the US Constitution. He is the author of We, the Students: Supreme Court cases for and about America’s students.

Closing Quote
"When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against themselves. It’s a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement."

— John Kenneth Galbraith

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