They can’t even vote.

In hono(u)r of the various festivities for the 4th of July, aka America-land’s birthday, aka three-day weekend (it means different things to different people), let’s talk about Washington, DC, where they can’t even vote.

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Washington Star cartoonist Clifford Berryman had a lot to say about this state (nyuk nyuk) of affairs for the district.


Clifford K. Berryman, “No Taxation Without Representation,” 20 November 1920.


Can’t figure out the date on this one, but it seems to be another from a November!


3 November 1931


4 July 1913



Of course, as Wikipedia informs us, things haven’t changed too much:

A locally elected mayor and 13-member council have governed the District since 1973. However, the Congress maintains supreme authority over the city and may overturn local laws. D.C. residents elect a non-voting, at-large Congressional delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives but the District has no representation in the U.S. Senate. The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1961, grants the District three electoral votes in presidential elections.

Which explains the previously mentioned license plates and assorted protests around DC:

taxation without representationplates12_sampleBerryman had a point with his Ben-Franklin-y-DC figure being kept from the polls, and it’s apparently still timely a century later.


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One Response to They can’t even vote.

  1. Pingback: Don’t be square! Adventures in mapping Washington, DC. | This dissertation is going to be fun, like dessert

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