Category Archives: Washington D.C.

Breaking Down the Barriers to Automatic Voter Registration in Washington D.C.

  By: Mary Boothe In May 2015, The Automatic Voter Registration Amendment Act was introduced to the D.C. Council by council members Charles Allen, Brianne Nadeau, Jack Evans, Mary Cheh, Elissa Silverman, and Anita Bonds, and former at-large council member … Continue reading

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Disenfranchised Citizens (D.C.): Over 670,000 Left Speechless

By: Mary Boothe November is coming fast, and with it, a much anticipated election season. But, while many voters around the nation are looking forward to the opportunity to effect change at the presidential, congressional, and local levels, D.C. residents … Continue reading

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Shifting Racial Make-Up of D.C

By: Randolph Critzer Few places in the United States can offer a snapshot of American politics quite like Washington D.C. There are over 650,000 people living in the District, which serves not only as the focal point of our federal … Continue reading

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District of Cannabis: Legislative Tampering in the Nation’s Capital

By: Randolph Critzer The nation watched last November as the District of Columbia passed an ordinance legalizing marijuana for private use. The ordinance, passed by referendum, was voted into effect on November 4th, 2014, and went into effect this past … Continue reading

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Recap: Rethinking DC Representation in Congress

By Allison Davis, Reporter. William & Mary’s Election Law Program and DC Vote co-hosted a symposium on Rethinking DC Representation in Congress on February 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. The symposium impaneled several highly regarded Constitutional law experts and voting … Continue reading

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Standing Aside, D.C. Federal Court May Have to Determine What “After January 1, 2014” Means in D.C. Attorney General Election

by Brad Tobias, Contributor When asked, many District of Columbia residents will be quick to point out that the district is not a state, and is subject to the control of Congress, per the U.S. Constitution. The slogan “Taxation without … Continue reading

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Ethics Tightened on D.C. Government

by Andy McCoy, Contributor Voters in Washington, DC recently enacted three charter amendments relating to ethics.  Amendment V, which passed with 85% support, would allow the DC Council to expel a member by a 5/6 vote if the Council could … Continue reading

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DC Ballot Access Free-for-All?

Is it better to leave the legislative process entirely in the hands of the elite or should the public have input? Recently The Washington Examiner reported on the disparity between getting a candidate on the ballot and getting an initiative … Continue reading

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Appointee to DC Board of Elections and Ethics falls before questionable statute

by Neil Gibson In Washington, DC, the end of September saw Mayor Vincent Gray rendered helpless before a provision of DC’s statutory code, which foiled Gray’s attempt to fill out membership of the city’s  Board of Elections and Ethics. In … Continue reading

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Vincent Gray’s campaign finance slip-ups

by Neil Gibson In Washington, DC, embattled mayor Vincent Gray and several members of his 2010 mayoral campaign remain the subjects of a federal criminal investigation regarding the campaign’s alleged violations of city campaign finance laws. Among other things, Gray’s … Continue reading

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