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LWV Of District Of Columbia

Community Leaders

Kathy Chiron, President
Jessica Coleman, Vice President
Lee Palmer, Vice President

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(202) 336-8209

Stories from Around the State

WASHINGTON — Today the League of Women Voters of the United States CEO Virginia Kase Solomón issued the following statement after the Senate voted 81-14 to block D.C.'s criminal code overhaul:

This opinion was originally published in The Washington Post.

Anne Anderson from the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia discusses DC Statehood in this op-ed.

While abortion justice is necessary for the people of DC, our lack of statehood means we have little control over the future of reproductive rights. Until DC becomes a state and has, like all other states, the ability to make its own laws and policies, we remain subject to the oversight of Congress.  

But the District of Columbia is not a state. Why is that a problem?  Because of not being a state, the District of Columbia does not have any rights unless they are specifically allowed by Congress, since Congress exercises “exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever” over the Seat of Government of the United States. In other words, unless we have statehood, we don't have access to the rights that the current 50 states enjoy. 

Today the League of Women Voters of the United States’ president Dr. Deborah Turner and CEO Virginia Kase Solomón issued the following joint statement on the anniversary of the January 6th attack at the US Capitol:

The League of Women Voters sent a statement for the record to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in advance of their hearing on DC Statehood.