Their Sacrifice; Our Duty

Wi Editorial Staff | 4/23/2011, 11:25 a.m.

The District's fight for full voting rights has been a long and arduous battle. Years of struggle have passed and many of those who have been a part of it are resting in peace. But, they are hardly at peace as they watch over a new group of soldiers who are fighting for full voting representation and statehood. These soldiers were recently arrested for saying that District residents deserve better and more from Congress and the president.

As a taxpaying jurisdiction, many of us know that we deserve more and we proudly carry the banner that expresses our view that this is a jurisdiction subjected to taxation without representation. But while District residents fight for our rights and seek support from those who see and understand our plight, the real challenge is making sure that District residents know that our role is also defined by our responsibility to keep the process alive by voting in every election.

On Tuesday, April 26 a special election will be held in the District. Nine candidates are vying for an at-large seat on the D.C. City Council, four for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Board of Education and nine for the Ward 8 Board of Education seat.

In addition, there are positions on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission that candidates hope to fill in each Ward with the exception of Ward 3. We don't believe it is as important to endorse a particular candidate, as it is to encourage every District voter to participate in the election process.

How ludicrous it will seem in the fight for full voting rights for Statehood for the District if the Mayor, along with members of the D.C. City Council and 38 other District residents are willing to sacrifice several hours of their freedom if the rest of us are not willing to sacrifice a few moments to go to the polls this Tuesday and vote.

Don't let their efforts be in vain.