This Day in History: March 29, 1961

The ratification of the Twenty-Third Amendment to the Constitution granted the residents of Washington, DC the right to vote in presidential elections.

Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing on Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton’s bill on DC statehood. If passed, Washington, DC would become America’s fifty-first state. Residents of the city overwhelmingly support statehood; in 2016, nearly eighty percent of voters voted in favor of an advisory referendum on the issue.