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In this March 22, 2021, file photo, advocates for statehood for the District of Columbia rally near the Capitol prior to a House of Representatives hearing on creating a 51 state in Washington. Credit: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

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Alison Beyea is the executive director of the ACLU of Maine.

Voting is the bedrock of our democracy. We vote for our national representatives, and through them we exert some control over how our federal tax dollars are spent and how our priorities are represented as a state and nation. Yet the 712,000 residents of Washington, D.C., are denied equal voting rights and congressional representation, simply because of where they live.

Congress is consi

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