Representatives asked to support DC voting rights, oppose amendments
Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2009
In an e-mail to U.S. Representatives Steve Austria, Mary Jo Kilroy, and Pat Tiberi today, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus asked for support for the DC House Voting Rights Act.
E-mail was used to ensure delivery by the Mar. 5 vote. The text of the e-mail, which was sent in response to an action alert issued by the League of Women Voters of the United States, follows:
On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and our hundreds of members across central Ohio, I urge you to support the DC House Voting Rights Act and oppose all amendments. This bill is an important step in the long struggle for full voting rights for every citizen in our nation.
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 and opposing all amendments to the bill.
Thank you for your service to central Ohio.