With the city of Washington becoming the twenty-fifth local jurisdiction in Maryland, Maryland gains 600,000 new residents who would by their addition make Maryland richer, more highly educated, and more Democratic.
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When the US Constitution was adopted in 1787, what is now the District of Columbia was a part of the state of Maryland.
In 1791, Washington was ceded to the federal government for the purpose of becoming the nation's capital city.
District residents continued to vote in Maryland's federal elections and even run for and win Maryland congressional seats.
In 1801, Congress passed a bill that had the effect of ending the right of DC residents to vote in Maryland's elections.
Since Congress took away by statute our right to be represented in Congress by Maryland's federal legislators, Congress can similarly restore that right by statute.