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Local activists to ask Obama to talk about voting rights


Community activist Phil Pannell is urging his local committee to join him in asking President Obama to include a nod to District voting rights in his State of the Union address.

Pannell started his Tuesday morning with an e-mail to members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee that he would introduce a resolution at the committee's Thursday meeting to send the president a certified letter with the request.

"Somehow I feel that a barrage of messages to President Obama could possibly receive national attention. At least it is worth a try and we do not have much time to organize to do it," Pannell wrote in his e-mail.

It looks like he's getting support through e-mail chatter. DC Vote was already planning to ask Obama to include a sentence, according to an e-mail from Executive Director Ilir Zherka.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 6, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
Categories:  Nikita Stewart , Obama , Voting Rights  
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Posted by: VelocityFulfillment | January 6, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Phil for taking the lead in putting pressure on President Obama to include a few words in his State of the Union address for DC voting rights.

I have no doubt that Phil's e-mail awoke the sleeping folks at DC Vote to say that "DC Vote was already planning to ask Obama to include a sentence, according to an e-mail from Executive Director Ilir Zherka." Does anyone know just when or in what year DC Vote is planning to ask Obama to include that sentence?

I don't plan on holding my breath until DC Vote actually does something which may raise the issue to Obama, but I know Phil Pannell will keep the issue alive.

Posted by: NewEra | January 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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