Even today, when every one of America’s 50 states has a democratic voice in the form of representation in Congress, the capital’s 670,000 citizens do not. It is part of no state and has limited home rule. It has never had a senator and it wasn’t until the 1960s that people were given the right to vote in elections. All DC has is a non-voting delegate. As a consequence, residents have little say on issues related to healthcare, the environment, social security or gun laws.
It is no surprise to hear that locals have been campaigning for Washington DC to gain statehood. For more details, I recommend reading our cover article, entitled: “Washington: beyond politics”. Enjoy your reading!