DC Voting Rights

D.C.'s struggle for full voting rights has evolved over centuries, with its advocates experiencing triumphs and setbacks alongside other social movements. We've explored the District's fight for full representation through legal, political and historical lenses, and documented its evolution on the airwaves and the web.

Recent Shows

What's Next For D.C. Budget Autonomy

Monday, Dec 23, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

We discuss the status of the budget autonomy referendum that voters passed last April and consider what's ahead in the new year.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The Politics Hour

We connect with a Republican angling to be Virginia's next lieutenant governor and three Democrats competing for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

Kojo Nnamdi Show-Washington City Paper Poll

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

We explore a new Kojo Nnamdi Show-Washington City Paper poll of 1,222 registered D.C. voters to reveal what locals think of recent political controversies and quality of life issues.

The Politics Hour

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) hangs out with the Politics Hour crew in the studio.

History Behind the Headlines: D.C.'s Quest for Voting Rights

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2009 at 1:06 p.m.

We explore how two hundred years of political activism and protest continue to influence the push for full suffrage in the nation's capital.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 23, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

A D.C. lawmaker goes to bat for the rights of raccoons and bats. A U.S. Senator prods Maryland state officials to clean up the Chesapeake. And Virginia candidates go hunting and gathering for votes.

District Voting Rights: The Story Continues

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

The US Senate moved District residents one big step closer to voting representation in the House of Representative yesterday. As proponents of the measure work out differences between the House & Senate plans this week, we look back at...

D.C. Voting Rights -- The Senate's Role

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2007 at 1:06 p.m.

Voting rights advocates were dealt a new setback yesterday, as the U.S. Senate blocked a measure to extend D.C. representation in the House. And insiders say the political climate on Capitol Hill makes it unlikely the measure will come up...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Mar 23, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

The new link between voting rights and the District's gun ban: advocates howl over the latest twist in the fight on Capitol Hill. Plus, fur flies over plans to create more dog parks for the District. Join us for our weekly review of the...

Voting Rights for D.C.

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 1:06 p.m.

First there was the "Taxation without Representation" license plate. Now, there's a D.C. Olympic Committee that wants to send a team to the world games. The two projects are just the latest in a series of schemes to draw attention to the...

The History of DC

Wednesday, Jan 7, 2004 at 1:06 p.m.

Next week's DC Primary is supposed to shine a national spotlight on District residents' lack of voting rights. But how did DC end up with no vote in Congress in the first place? A look at the political history of DC.

DC Voting Rights

Tuesday, Apr 20, 1999 at 1:06 p.m.

A discussion about the historical legal contexts surrounding the fight for voting rights in Washington D.C. Legal scholars who are at the forefront of lawsuits that push for voting rights in the nation's capital join Kojo to talk about the...

D.C. Voting Rights: A Timeline

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