Letter In Support of DC Voting Rights

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Dear [insert recipient name here],

Thank you for working hard for our district and our country. As one of your voting constituents, as a REALTOR® and as an American, I urge you to co-sponsor two bills providing congressional voting representation for Americans who live in Washington, DC.

I was shocked to learn that Americans living in Washington, DC, our nation's capital, are denied voting rights in Congress. Washingtonians pay federal taxes, serve on juries, and give service and sacrifice to our nation during war. While we are actively promoting democracy around the world, America should also provide it here at home, especially in our nation's capital. A national poll conducted by KRS Research in January 2005 showed that 82 percent of Americans support full congressional voting representation for Washingtonians.

The No Taxation Without Representation Act sponsored in the U.S. Senate (S. 195) by Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and in the House (H.R. 398) by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), would provide Washingtonians with the same democracy as their fellow Americans -- full congressional voting representation in both the House and the Senate.

The District of Columbia Fairness in Representation Act ("DC FAIR Act," H.R. 2043) sponsored in the U.S. House by Representative Tom Davis (R-VA) achieves an important first step by providing DC residents with a voting member in the House of Representatives. Davis' bill has Republican and Democratic co-sponsors and the overwhelming support of DC's Mayor and DC City Council. Local city officials also support the "No Taxation Without Representation Act."

I understand that DC voting rights will most likely be achieved in stages. I ask you to co-sponsor both House bills - H.R. 398 and H.R. 2043 - in support of congressional voting representation for our fellow Americans living in Washington, DC. By supporting both bills, you are showing your support to bring democracy to Washington, DC.

The time for congressional action is now. Let's bring American democracy to America's capital. Let DC residents vote in Congress. Thank you for your time.