d.c. voting, again

posted by catherine / January 27, 2005 /

a bit from abc7:

D.C. residents fought for voting rights in Iraq, and an Iraqi-American is returning the favor.

Andy Shallal calls it unfair that he can vote in Sunday's Iraqi elections, before D.C. veterans of the Iraq war will elect a voting representative in Congress. Shallal says he was moved to join the fight for voting rights when he heard about those veterans.

Shallal and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton were on Capitol Hill where they thanked three of the vets. Norton and Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman used the occasion to introduce a bill aimed at giving District residents full voting rights.

Lieberman says bringing full democracy home is a difficult battle which makes many Republicans uncomfortable. Norton says the voting rights in their bill are available to the citizens of Iraq thanks to the service of D.C. residents and other Americans.


Awesome. I had a very similar indignant response when I was in Georgia for their parliamentary elections: Christ, my country is spending millions to ensure that someone else can exercise voting rights that I don't even have.

Posted by: susan on January 27, 2005 02:50 PM

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