Thursday, January 06, 2011
On The District of Columbia
One point that occurs to me from the reading of the Constitution and yesterdays effort by Eleanor Holmes Norton to challenge the GOP rule removing voting rights for her and the Territorial Representatives when the House acts as a Committee of the Whole. The XXIII Amendment makes no sense. No popular vote for President is mandated in the Constitution. For the District the Congress exercises the authority of a State Legislature. The Amendment gives Congress the power to appoint Electors, and merely authorizes them to consult residents via a popular vote. Residential areas in the District should be returned to MD so they can be properly represented in Congress and consulted via an elected State Legislature in the selection of Presidential Electors. The District originally included territory yielded by both Maryland and Virginia. The Virginia section was returned. This has no effect on the jurisdiction of the government over its official property.