#Local Elections in the US# Did you know? Washington D.C. is not considered a state in the United States. The question of whether or not DC should advocate to become a state is a question that DC residents have debated and voted on multiple times. In 2016, the Council of the District of Columbia (DC’s legislative branch) approved a referendum to go on the ballot to ask voters this very question. During the 2016 election, DC voters went to the polls to decide whether their local government should petition Congress to make Washington, DC the 51st state. The referendum passed, with more than 80% of voters wanting the DC government to advocate for their statehood.
After the passage of this DC referendum, the DC City Council began petitioning Congress for statehood, with support from the Mayor of DC as well as DC’s Representative to Congress. Statehood would offer voting representation in the House of Representatives and Senate for DC’s more than 700k residents in the nation’s capital. This year, the House of Representatives voted to grant statehood to the District of Columbia, but has still not received a vote in the Senate.
#U.S. Elections to be held on Nov. 3#
To learn more about the U.S. election, please visit the 2020 election information page of the U.S. Embassy: