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A Real Plan for DC Voting Rights and Home Rule

  • We believe that residents of the District of Columbia should have voting rights in the US Senate and House of Representatives equal to those of all other Americans.
  • We support Maryland-based solutions that provide full voting rights in the House and Senate and real home-rule for the residents of the District of Columbia.
  • Our two-part plan calls for Congress to restore the right of DC residents to vote as part of the Maryland electorate for congressional representation, and to support Washington becoming a new home-rule city in Maryland.

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Committee for the Capital City
PO Box 77443
Washington, DC 20013-8443
John Forster, Letter to the Editor, unpublished, 12/14/04 PDF Print E-mail
John Forster, Letter to the Editor, unpublished, 12/14/04

The Washington Post
Letter to Editor, unpublished
December 14, 2004

By John Forster

Rep Tom Davis (R-VA) deserves praise for his active support of voting rights for District of Columbia residents.

However, I disagree with his characterization that reunion with Maryland ["Right Goal, Right Means," Close to Home, Dec 12th] would "destroy the unique political, social and cultural life of the city." Far from wrecking Washington as Davis implies, this solution solves many of our problems and preserves our strengths.

As a unique home-rule city in Maryland, District residents would gain new representation by two US senators, a member of Congress, a governor, and potentially four state senators and twelve state delegates.

While preserving our existing borders and neighborhoods, reunion would empower our local elected officials with real home-rule authority and accountability. As a part of Maryland, our taxes would decrease and our city services would likely improve over time.

Reunion with Maryland would maintain our proud history and unique status as the nation's capital city while changing our "unique political life" as the only Americans subject to taxation without representation.

John Forster
Washington, DC