N.H. bill backs voting rights in D.C.

CONCORD, N.H. — The ‘‘Taxation Without Representation’’ district came to New Hampshire on Thursday to try to kick-start a grass-roots effort to bring voting rights in Congress to residents of the District of Columbia.

The district that enfolds the nation’s capital has only a nonvoting delegate in the House of Representatives and no senator. Its budget and laws are subject to congressional review.

‘‘We pay federal taxes, fight and die in wars, serve on juries, and fulfill all of the basic civic obligations of US citizens but we have no vote in Congress,” said Kimberly Perry, executive director of D.C. Vote, a nonprofit pushing for district representation in Congress. There are 646,000 residents in D.C.


Perry and D.C. Councilman David Catania were in New Hampshire at a hearing of the New Hampshire House Committee of State-Federal Relations and Veteran Affairs, where state Representative Cindy Rosenwald introduced a resolution endorsing voting rights in the district.

The committee will vote in early March with a full House vote anticipated in the middle of the month.