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D.C. Voting and the 23rd Amendment

March 29, 2012

Passed in 1961, today is the anniversary of the 23rd Amendment.  The Amendment allows D.C. to appoint electors to the Electoral College, as Congress so directs.   Article I §8 of the Constitution gives Congress exclusive control over the seat of government. 

D.C. residents first cast their ballots in a Presidential election on November 3, 1964.  Their votes helped elect Lyndon B. Johnson. 

The District currently has 3 electoral votes, based on population.

Read the 23rd Amendment here.

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