The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal by Washington, D.C., residents over their lack of voting rights in Congress.
The justices’ move affirmed a lower court ruling that held that D.C. residents are not entitled to voting representation in the U.S. House.
In a brief unsigned order Monday, the justices indicated their ruling was based on a Supreme Court decision from more than two decades ago that found that Washingtonians do not have a constitutional right to a vote in Congress.
Two of the court’s more conservatives justices — Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch — indicated they would have dismissed the appeal based on their view that the court lacked jurisdiction over the dispute.
D.C. has a delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), who is not authorized to vote on legislation on the House floor.