Campus Notebook: SOTU 2.0

Posted January 12, 2010 at 5:59pm

Local nonprofit DC Vote is asking supporters to vote on what President Barack Obama should say in his State of the Union address about the District’s ongoing effort to get a full vote in Congress.

[IMGCAP(1)]The group received more than 75 suggestions through its Facebook page and chose three for a poll on its Web page, dcvote.org. All focus on D.C.’s long history of disenfranchisement — the city’s residents have never had a voting Representative or Senator. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) can only vote in committee and on the Committee of the Whole.

DC Vote Executive Director Ilir Zherka said his organization will send the suggestion with the most votes to the White House. The group hopes that if Obama mentions the District’s status in his speech, it would raise national awareness of the now-stalled D.C. House Voting Rights Act. The bill would give D.C. its first-ever voting Representative.

But success seems unlikely; though Obama supported the bill while in Congress, he hasn’t mentioned it since his move to the White House.

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