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The researcher sets out to understand the impact of voting rights and

budget autonomy on residents of the District of Columbia. Specifically, the


research will determine the relationship of the moderating variables of public
safety, education, economic development, voter engagement, and voter
disenfranchisement on Congressional voting representation and budget autonomy.
Research question one (RQ1): How are attitudes towards education,
public safety and economic development impacted significantly by the lack of
Congressional voting representation and budget autonomy?
Null hypothesis one (H01): Attitudes towards education, public safety and
economic development are not impacted significantly by the lack of
Congressional voting representation and budget autonomy.
Alternate hypothesis one (H1): Attitudes towards education, public safety
and economic development are impacted significantly by the lack of
Congressional voting representation and budget autonomy.
Research question two (RQ2): Are residents of the District engaged in
the political process despite the lack of Congressional voting representation and
budget autonomy?
Null hypothesis two (H02): Residents of the District are engaged in the
political process despite the lack of Congressional voting representation and
budget autonomy.
Alternate hypothesis two (H2): Residents of the District are not engaged
in the political process despite the lack of Congressional voting representation and
budget autonomy.