Posted by Ashley Houghton on June 27, 2020 at 7:55 AM
FairVote Statement on DC Statehood
Takoma Park, MD; June 26, 2020 - FairVote, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for electoral reform in the United States, celebrated news today that Congress voted to grant DC Statehood, 232-180. FairVote provided the following statement in support of statehood:
The right to vote is fundamental to ensuring the consent of the governed and upholding the right of every American to be heard. We need secure and universal access to the voting booth, ranked choice ballots that allow full expression of voters' views, and accurate recording of votes. The majority should earn the right to decide even as all of us earn fair representation.
Voters in our nation's capital lack direct and full representation in Congress. As long-time backers of measures to provide voting rights to the people of the District of Columbia, we support the current bill to establish Washington, D.C. as a state.
FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.