Senators asked to support cloture on DC voting rights bill
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
In an e-mail to U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown today, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus asked for a cloture vote on the DC House Voting Rights Act.
E-mail was used to ensure delivery by the Feb. 24 vote and was sent in response to an action alert from the League of Women Voters of the United States. The full text of the e-mail follows:
On behalf of the board of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and our members across central Ohio, I ask you to vote for cloture on the DC House Voting Rights Act. This bill is an important step in the long struggle for full voting rights for every citizen in our nation.
The League appreciates Senator Voinovich's key committee vote to bring this bill to the Senate floor.
Citizens of Washington, DC, have always fulfilled the obligations of American citizenship by paying federal taxes, serving in the military, and contributing leaders in nearly every field of human endeavor. Yet they are denied voting representation in the U.S. Congress, the very body that has ultimate authority over every aspect of the city's judicial, executive, and legislative functions.
The principle that all citizens are entitled to a vote in their national government is a cornerstone of American democracy. Please support that principle by voting for the DC House Voting Rights Act.
Thank you for your consideration of the League’s request, and for your service to Ohio.