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D.C. banner lobbies for vote on Obama parade route

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One day after President Obama agreed to use license plates that call attention to the D.C. resident’s lack of voting rights in Congress, city leaders unveiled a large banner at city hall that will highlight their constituents’ plight during Mr. Obama’s inauguration parade.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council members on Wednesday unveiled a blue sign placed above a reviewing stand in front of the John A. Wilson Building that reads, “A more perfect union must include full democracy in DC.”

The banner faces Pennsylvania Avenue a few blocks from the White House, so it will be clearly visible to those who will walk the parade route — including the president himself.

For decades, D.C. leaders have sought a vote in Congress and lobbied for increased fiscal freedoms and even statehood. Recent Census figures show the District is home to an estimated 632,323 residents, eclipsing both Vermont and Wyoming in population.

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