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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 01/20/2010

Petitioning the president with petitions

By Washington Post editors

DC Vote plans to send President Obama over 200 pounds' worth of petitions asking for a vote for District residents in Congress, according to the Associated Press.

The group says it will send more than 41,000 petitions on Wednesday from the Union Station post office. They’re also asking the president to include a statement about a vote for the city in his upcoming State of the Union address.

The District's representative in Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, is expected to join the group.

Obama has said in the past he supports a congressional vote for D.C. residents.

By Washington Post editors  | January 20, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
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I think the residents of DC should have the right to congressional representation, except for one minor stumbling block... it's not constitutional. DC was created specifically and explicitly without representation as a federally controlled city. This was done so people who chose to live in the federal city could not interfere with the functioning federal government. There is a more extensive story behind the creation of Washington DC, but unless the foundation of the city is changed, I don't believe it could legally have congressional representation.

Posted by: mcrochip | January 20, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama should just amend the Constitution. You know, pencil it in. Whose gonna stop Him?

Posted by: member5 | January 20, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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