DC mayor on statehood vote, ‘historic’ early voting turnout

WTOP | 11/7/2016 | Staff
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WASHINGTON — When D.C. voters head to the polls Tuesday, they’ll have the chance to weigh in on a push by city leaders to gain statehood status for the District.

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Even if the ballot referendum passes — as expected— the long-shot effort to make D.C. the 51st state remains far from a done deal.

But D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says giving voters the opportunity to approve a proposed constitution and boundaries is an essential part of the statehood strategy — and the timing may be just right, she says.

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“We wanted to have our house in order in D.C. and work with a new president and a new Congress to finally get an admissions act for D.C. passed in the Congress,” Bowser told WTOP on the eve of the election.

Bowser said city officials learned from a previous failed effort early in President Barack Obama’s first term — when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress.

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Despite the advantage of “like-thinking people in the White House and the Congress,” in early 2009, the District lacked an up-to-date voter-approved Constitution, and a statehood effort fizzled. At the time, the most recent constitution OK’d by the voters dated back to a previous statehood push in the early 1980s.

“And one reason why we pushed so hard this year to have a new constitution and a new vote is because we never want to be in that position again,” Bowser said.

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As for pitching statehood to Congress, Bowser said she stresses that D.C. statehood doesn’t have to be...
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