The Twenty-Third Amendment, 1961
In 1961 the Twenty-Third amendment gave residents of Washington a vote in presidential elections but a 1978 attempt to ratify a constitutional amendment giving them voting representation in Congress failed. Although it is the nation’s capital, the issue of D.C. voting rights has remained a mostly local issue.
First Presidential Election
Washington, D.C., residents voted for the first time in the 1964 presidential election. Lyndon Johnson received the capital’s three electoral votes.
Taxation without Representation
Washington, D.C., since 1973, has been governed by an elected mayor and city council, but residents still cannot elect voting members of the House of Representatives or Senate.