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Mattwall1 March 17th, 2015 3:39pm

Would you favor a constitutional amendment that would guarantee a voting representative for the U.S. Territories and the Federal District? (Whether one per territory/D.C. or one representative for all the territories plus D.C. or another arrangement)

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bluerum29 optimistic idealist
03/18/15 5:24 pm

No there are already too many people involved

3mily nihilist
03/17/15 1:51 pm

People of all U.S. territories, except American Samoa, are automatically U.S. citizens at birth. Why should they have less rights than citizens who happen to live on the mainland?

Liberty 4,032,064
03/17/15 12:35 pm

No. They aren't states, and thus are not a part of the union of states.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
03/17/15 11:51 am

Absolutely opposed. At most, I could maybe support permanent residents of DC being eligible to vote in federal elections in Maryland, and be represented in federal affairs as if they were part of that state.

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DavidB5356 West Hollywood
03/17/15 12:19 pm

Why federal elections in Maryland and not Virginia?

DavidB5356 West Hollywood
03/17/15 12:21 pm

Sorry if that sounded like an attack question. I'm just curious why you feel DC is better aligned with Maryland versus Virginia.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
03/17/15 12:58 pm

Because the part of DC that used to be in Virginia reverted to that state a long time ago. I'm not sure they took it back, or we said we didn't want it anymore, but it had to do with the dustup over slavery back in the mid 1800s.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
03/17/15 12:58 pm

It isn't square anymore, it's chopped off at the state border.

DavidB5356 West Hollywood
03/17/15 2:38 pm

Thank you for that insight. I had no idea. Something for me to research!

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
03/17/15 10:40 am

D.C. alone should get one representative. That's it.

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Maj Worth Economist
03/17/15 10:00 am

So we're doing to others what Britain did to us, and we just expect that to somehow go better than it did before...?

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NDAmerican Florida
03/17/15 9:51 am

No, because they aren't states. Either let them have independence or make them states. For DC sure.

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Mattwall1
03/17/15 10:31 am

That would seem to be an explanation (and the valid one) relating to why the status quo on this question is the case not whether the status quo should be changed.

NDAmerican Florida
03/17/15 1:00 pm

The status quo should be changed. Give territories like Puerto Rico the choice of Statehood or independence. Nothing in between. That's the only way in my book they get representation.

susanr Colorado
03/17/15 9:17 am

Yes. I don't have a problem with DC & territories being different than states in *how* they're represented, but it isn't right for them not to have a fullly voting representative at all. When I was a DC resident, it was a very weird feeling.

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mc88 Cleveland OSU
03/17/15 9:00 am

I feel like it is a taxation without representation issue

smarttexan More Moderate Than U
03/17/15 8:43 am

Interesting question... Thanks for thinking originally!