DC voting rights

October 18th, 2009

As reported in “Voting Rights Could Move Forward on Defense Bill’s Back” (Washington Post 10-17-09), House Democrats are considering a proposal to give the District a full-voting representative there by attaching it to a conference report of the defense spending bill. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) spoke in favor of the idea on the House floor (see video below). DC residents have served and died for our country in Iraq, Afghanistan, and each of the other wars that this country has fought. I honor their service, as well as the service of every soldier who has served this great Nation. The fact they these brave men and woman fight for democracy and the right to vote in other lands and are then denied it here in America is scandalous and shameful, and must be rectified. I personally have not served in the military (though I did do my duty by registering for the draft at age 18). However, the newserick worked best in the first person, so I went with that.


I’m a soldier from DC.

I fought to bring others democracy.

I went to Iraq

But when I got back

I found it didn’t apply to me.


DC residents: Click here and sign the petition to demand the vote.

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