On Saturday morning, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) of Washington, D.C., is planning to hand out signs that promote the city's voting rights in Congress to people attending the satirical rallies being held by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Norton and the voting rights group, D.C. Vote, said they plan to be stationed on Pennsylvania Avenue handing out signs that read, “BE SANE. Let DC Vote” to people heading to the rallies, which are slated to begin at noon on the National Mall.


Colbert and Stewart announced their events — “The March to Keep Fear Alive” and the “Rally to Restore Sanity,” respectively — after Fox News pundit Glenn Beck and other conservative figures held a large rally on the National Mall in August.

Norton urged D.C. voters earlier this month to post on her Facebook page the reasons why they think the city should gain a voting representative in Congress, using “as much wit as Colbert uses to make fun of us for not having our full rights,” she said at the time.

“The buzz surrounding the Colbert and Jon Stewart rallies coming to D.C. on October 30, is too great an opportunity to miss to pay back Colbert and to remind those who come that, unlike Colbert, D.C. has a cause worthy of a rally,” said Norton.

Colbert, who gained new notoriety on Capitol Hill with his testimony before the House Judiciary’s subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law last month, has often jabbed at Norton for D.C.’s lack of representation when she’s appeared on his show, "The Colbert Report."

The D.C. Voting Rights Act — legislation that would grant both Utah and D.C. a new voting representative in Congress — has failed to get through Congress so far this session. The National Rifle Association prompted Republicans to threaten attaching an amendment to the measure that would loosen D.C.’s gun laws. The move made some conservative Democrats wary of supporting the measure. Norton has often said the Democratic majority on Capitol Hill gives the bill its best chances at passage.