Currently, the District of Columbia has a delegate who can vote on procedural matters and in congressional committees, but is not allowed to vote on the House floor for proposed legislation. Thus, District residents have no congressional representation.
In this case, D.C. residents have challenged the lack of representation in Congress as a violation of equal protection of the laws and due process. We joined the League of Women Voters, DC Vote, Neighbors United for D.C. Statehood, and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in an amicus brief filed in district court in June 2019. As the brief argues, there is no rational basis to deny D.C. residents the rights to voting representation and political equality, and the court has a duty to protect the fundamental right to vote.