Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser called Friday for a citywide vote that could result in the capitol of the United States transforming into the 51st state.
The D.C. mayor’s plan hinges on a citywide vote on statehood, placing the issue before Congress, which would have to agree to move forward with the process. According to the Washington Post, Congress could use the “Tennessee model,” where statehood would be granted if the residents of the District of Columbia successfully vote to approve a state constitution and conform to a Republican style of government.
Since any hypothetical state formed from the District of Columbia would likely elect two Democrat senators, Bowser’s plan will probably be a hard sell to a Republican-controlled Congress.
This isn’t the first time that the issue of Washington, D.C., statehood has come up, and voters even approved a constitution in a 1982 vote.