October 4 (WNN) — On the first day of his October term, the US Supreme Court on Monday upheld a ruling that Washington, D.C., is not entitled to vote in the US House of Representatives.
The High Court upheld the lower court’s decision that said campaigns for the state of Washington and a voting member of the House must go through Congress, not the federal courts.
The court in its judgment pointed to a similar case in 2000 in which the judges had also pronounced the same verdict.
Several Washington residents sued in 2014 and there have been several unsuccessful attempts to seek representation and statehood in Congress, a separate but similar issue.
Residents of the district have argued that the lack of voting representation infringes on their right to equal protection.
According to CNN, plaintiffs’ attorneys wrote, “residents of the District of Columbia are the only adult U.S. citizens subject to federal income taxes who lack voting representation in Congress, except for felonies in some states.”
Before the Supreme Court’s move on Monday, lower courts had ruled against the plaintiffs last year. His lawsuit pointed out that DC residents can vote in federal elections even if they do not live in a “state.”
Most Republican lawmakers have generally opposed DC’s representation in the House. As represented by its voters, any voting member of the House from DC will almost certainly be a Democrat.
The District of Columbia has approximately 700,000 residents and one House Representative, currently Eleanor Holmes Norton. However, he does not have voting power. Other US territories such as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands also have a House of Representatives, but no Voting Representatives.
Lack of representation has been a contentious issue in the district for decades. One of DC’s license plates even has the phrase “taxation without representation” to draw attention to the issue.
The Senate Government Affairs Committee heard arguments for the state in July, and the House passed a bill on the issue earlier this year.
Monday was the first day of the high court’s October term, which runs till June. The court is about to decide on many matters and issues including religious freedom.
Members of the US Supreme Court pose for a group photo in court in Washington, DC on Friday. From left to right, Associate Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justices John Roberts and Associate Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor are seated. Standing, from left to right, are Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Connie Barrett. Pool photo by Erin Scheff/WNN |
Chief Justice John Roberts. Pool photo by Erin Scheff/WNN |
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Pool photo by Erin Scheff/WNN |
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Pool photo by Erin Scheff/WNN |
Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. Pool photo by Erin Scheff/WNN |
Associate Justice Elena Kagan. Pool photo by Erin Scheff/WNN |
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Pool photo by Erin Scheff/WNN |
Associate Justice Samuel Alito. Pool photo by Erin Scheff/WNN |
Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Pool photo by Erin Scheff/WNN |
Associate Justice Amy Connie Barrett. Pool photo by Erin Scheff/WNN |