Supreme Court says D.C. not entitled to a voting member of Congress
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an effort to give Washington, D.C., residents a voting member in Congress, the Washington Post reports.
The big picture: The court issued its decision without a hearing, citing a similar case from 2000 that concluded that D.C. is not constitutionally entitled to voting representation because it is not a state.
- The ruling dealt a blow to advocates attempting to secure city residents' voting representation through the courts rather than through legislation.
- The city is currently represented in the House of Representatives by a non-voting member, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D).
Between the lines: The Supreme Court ruling does not majorly affect the enduring battle for D.C. statehood, the Post writes. The decision only asserts that the District is not constitutionally entitled to a vote in the national legislature.
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