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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Happy 50th birthday, 23rd Amendment!

On this day in 1961, residents of the District finally gained the right to vote in presidential elections when Ohio became the 38th state to ratify the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution. Yes, that’s right -- prior to the amendment’s ratification, residents of the District weren’t only denied any semblance of local governance, but were also completely shut out of national politics, too.

In an excellent op-ed in The New York Times, Northwestern University historian Karen Masur writes that while the 23rd Amendment inched District residents closer to their counterparts in the 50 states, they remained frustratingly left behind:

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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