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Push For Voting Rights Finds Hurdles

DENVER -- Here's a feature story on the efforts by the D.C. delegation to win over converts to the voting rights movement at the Democratic National Convention that appears in Thursday's Washington Post:

The day did not start well for the activists from the District.

Armed with buttons, bumper stickers and postcards, they took to the downtown streets here to sign up compatriots in their fight to win the District a seat in Congress.

"Here, have a wooden nickel," said D.C. resident John Capozzi, pressing a coin stamped "Taxation Without Representation" into a woman's hand.

She looked confused. "Do I need this for the bus?" she asked.

As the D.C. delegation attends yet another convention hoping to draw attention to the long and so far fruitless cause, members have found that their message of democracy and equality for the colony known as the District of Columbia is as much of an afterthought, curiosity or nuisance as ever.

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By David A Nakamura  |  August 28, 2008; 12:58 AM ET
 
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