Petition Would You Sign?
have been given to provide enfranchisement for D.C. residents. Here
are two petitions suggesting changes. In addition, there is a petition
requesting no change.
Which would you support?
We, the undersigned, are petitioning to request that the nonfederal
lands of Washington, D.C., become the 51st state. We protest
restrictions on the enfranchisement of residents of the District
of Columbia. We strongly urge full voting rights be given
to citizens who are entitled to representation by two seats
in the Senate and at least one seat in the House.
Retrocession to Maryland
We, the undersigned, petition that with the consent of the Maryland
state legislature, the nonfederal portion of D.C. be returned
to Maryland, giving citizens in D.C. the right to vote in local,
state and federal elections as residents of Maryland. As citizens,
we are aware of the historic precedent for such action by Congress.
The capital district was originally created from land in Maryland
and Virginia. In 1846, the portion of D.C. that came from Virginia
was returned (“retroceded”) to Virginia.
We, the undersigned, are petitioning to retain the 1993 arrangement
to allow delegates from D.C. and the four territories a vote
when the House is in Committee of the Whole. We protest efforts
to remove the authority the Constitution of the United States
gives to Congress in Article I, Section 8.