DC Vote Sends 200 Pounds of Petitions to President

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010  |  Updated 5:46 PM EDT
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DC Vote Sends 200 Pounds of Petitions to President

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The group DC Vote has mailed President Barack Obama about 200 pounds worth of petitions asking for a vote for District residents in Congress.

The group, along with D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, sent 12 boxes containing some 41,000 petitions on Wednesday. The group and Norton are also asking the president to say something about a vote for D.C. in his upcoming State of the Union address.

Though Norton represents some 600,000, people she is not allowed to vote on the House floor. A bill she has filed would change that, though it has been stalled.

She said Wednesday she has been working on the bill and is "very close" to a bill she believes can pass.

The president would have to sign the bill. Obama has said in the past he supports the measure.

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