Walter A. Smith, who has spent almost three years sitting behind a desk as an attorney on a D.C. voting rights case, is now astride his bicycle as he continues to make the case that the citizens of the District of Columbia should have fully empowered congressional representatives.
Ushering in the July 4th weekend with a new online campaign to focus on democracy in the nation's capital, DC Vote and SpeakOut.com launched a partnership today that brings powerful online tools to all who want to make their voice heard on the issue of congressional representation for the District of Columbia.
The national polling data released here at a today's press conference by Mark David Richards, of Bisconti Research, gives strength to the citizens of Washington, D.C., who seek representation in Congress equal to that of their fellow citizens. The research shows that a stunning 72 percent of Americans, across the demographic and political spectrum, support equal voting rights in Congress for their fellow citizens who live in the nation's capital. Today's survey research reveals a gap between how Americans feel their fellow citizens should be treated and the way that Congress has chosen to treat them.
The citizens of our nation's capital have been travelers on the road to justice for 199 years. We were hoping that the Alexander v. Daley lawsuit would shorten our journey to equal rights. Yesterday's three-judge ruling that District citizens do not have a legal right to vote in Congress did not speed our journey. This disappoints us, but it does not surprise us.
The Coalition for D.C. Representation In Congress (DC Vote) applauds presidential candidate Bill Bradley for his statement released this week fully endorsing voting representation in Congress for D.C. residents. "Senator Bradley is the first major party candidate to highlight the D.C. representation issue in this presidential campaign," stated Joseph Sternlieb, president of the Coalition. "We applaud his leadership, and we call on all those running for president to support representation in Congress for D.C. voters and to speak out on the issue in their campaigns." said Sternlieb.

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