Morning Read: Hawaii Senate Passes Resolution Calling for D.C. Voting Rights

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Hawaii is sticking up for D.C. The Hawaiian state Senate adopted a resolution urging Congress to propose a constitutional amendment to grant full voting rights to District residents.

Although Hawaii is 5,000 miles away from the nation’s capital, the two places have enjoyed a relationship that began long before Hawaii native Barack Obama entered the White House, said The Garden Island.

In 1961, Hawaii was the first state to ratify the 23rd Amendment to the United States Constitution, which restored for D.C. residents the right to vote for the nation’s president and vice president. (They'd previoulsy had that right only from 1791 to 1801.)

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