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Norton Sees Path for D.C. Voting Rights

With the Democratic sweep last night, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is buoyed about the prospects of the D.C. Voting Rights bill, which last year fell three votes short of reaching the Senate floor for a vote, after being approved by the House. The bill would give the District a House seat and an additional one to predominantly Republican Utah for political balance.

Norton noted that six Republican senators who voted against the bill were defeated last night, so she's counting 63 votes in her corner, not to mention a President-elect who also has indicated his support.

"I will seek the earliest vote in both the House and Senate," Norton said in a news release today. "The vote for D.C. residents should have been granted 209, years ago as the framers of the Constitution intended. Two centuries of waiting has been disgraceful. We must insist on no more delay, particularly now that we have the votes."

By David A Nakamura  |  November 5, 2008; 2:01 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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