Voting Rights


About the Project

Residents of the District have elected a Delegate to the House of Representatives since 1970, but the Delegate is unable to vote—even though Congress can and does act as the District’s local legislature. For several years, DC Appleseed has been a central player in the effort to gain voting representation in Congress for the District. We helped advance bills to give the District a voting representative in the House of Representatives, which passed the House in 2007 and the Senate in 2009. We continue to work closely with D.C. officials, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, and other advocacy organizations to formulate solutions to give District residents a full voting representation in Congress.

Project Staff and Partners

Staff Contact: Walter Smith and Kevin Hilgers

Pro Bono Partners: Arent Fox LLP; Latham & Watkins LLP; Perkins Coie LLP; and Sidley Austin LLP

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