Category: Statehood

The potential for Washington, D.C., statehood is once again up for a vote—for the first time since 1993.

Washington, D.C., is once again broaching the topic of statehood. The District of Columbia is a federal district, thus giving it different rights and regulations than the other states in the union. Most importantly, D.C. does not have voting representation in Congress, and this lack of national voice has long been a sore spot for the citizens of D.C. 

Despite the fact that D.C. was founded back in 1791, the citizens of D.C. did not actually attain the right to vote in presidential elections until 1961, making the 1964 presidential election their first one. This was only achieved through the inclusion of the 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

This is not the first time D.C. has attempted to gain statehood. The issue was most recently put to a vote in 1993, with a defeat in the House of Representatives of 277 to 153. This has not dissuaded the colloquially-known “New Columbia” movement. In 2016, current D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser called for a District-wide vote to gauge public support of D.C. statehood. An overwhelming 86 percent of D.C. citizens voted in favor of statehood. They then drafted a state constitution to further push the idea forward. >Read More