The Supreme Court has rejected to hear a case from Washington, DC residents about their lack of voting rights in Congress, stating a lower court ruling that held that DC residents do not have the right to voting representation in the House of Representatives.
“Residents of the District of Columbia are the only adult US citizens subject to federal income taxes who lack voting representation in Congress, except for criminals in some states,” the plaintiffs told the Supreme Court in a writing earlier this year.
The Supreme Court justices indicated that they had based their ruling on a Supreme Court decision more than two decades ago that declared that Washington, DC residents have no constitutional right to vote in Congress.
The Supreme Court action comes amid discussions about making Washington, DC, a state.
Washington, DC is home to more than 700,000 residents, that’s more than the states of Wyoming and Vermont. But DC lacks representation in Congress; Those who oppose a statehood measure believe it would only advance the interests of the Democratic Party, guaranteeing it two seats on Capitol Hill. Some also say the measure would violate Amendment 23, which allows DC residents to vote in presidential elections, but gives them as much voice as residents of the “less populous state.”
In April, the White House formally declared his support for a measure that would grant DC statehood.
“Establishing the state of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state will make our Union stronger and fairer,” the Office of Management and Budget said in an administrative policy statement. “Washington, DC has a strong economy, a rich culture, and a diverse population of Americans from all walks of life who are entitled to full and equal participation in our democracy.”
The White House called Congress “Provide a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington, DC”
Alan is a writer, editor, and news junkie based in New York.