Equal Justice for DC & the Territories

Electoral and Tax Reform for 4 Million U.S. Citizens

sponsored by David Itkin • Become a Co-sponsor

primary topic: Government
secondary topics: Amendments, Corporate Taxes, Economy, Election Law, Equality, Foreign Affairs, Government, Legal System, Liberties (Civil), Tax Reform, World Trade, Financial Regulation


The citizens of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the other U.S Territories’ have no voting representation in Congress. Local governments elected by the citizens of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the other U.S Territories are subject to oversight by Congress and the President unlike the treatment of governments elected by the citizens of the 50 states.

The citizens of Puerto Rico and the other U.S. Territories cannot vote for President.

The citizens of Puerto Rico and the other U.S. Territories are subject to disparate treatment under the U.S. Tax Code, giving corporate interests outsized influence in their governance.

All of these conditions defy the bedrock American principles of "Equal Justice Before the Law" and "No Taxation Without Representation" and treat the 4,000,000+ U.S. citizens residing in these jurisdictions as second-class citizens.

Therefore, the People demand:

a) Voting representation in Congress for the citizens of D.C. and the territories.

b) Voting rights for the citizens of U.S. Territories in the quadrennial election of President and Vice President of the United States.

c) An amendment to the U.S. Constitution, instituting genuine home rule and budget autonomy for the government of the District of Columbia.

d) Creation of a binding process aimed at fully decolonizing Puerto Rico and the other territories, affording them the opportunity to vote for:

internationally recognized, non-territorial, non-colonial status, or


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