The PJ Tatler

Norton: D.C. Residents Getting Shortchanged on Inaugural Tickets

One House Democrat is asking her colleagues to agree to redistribution … of inauguration tickets.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-D.C.) office said it has received “well over 2,500 requests” for inauguration passes.

With fewer than 200 allocated to each member of Congress, Norton sent a letter to her colleagues in the House and Senate asking them to donate some of their allotted tickets to her office for residents of the city hosting the inauguration.

“Unlike other jurisdictions…my constituents have only one office to turn to for inauguration tickets,” Norton wrote. “In 2009, members found that many of their constituents would not be traveling here for the inauguration and were very generous in giving our office tickets they weren’t using.”

Norton plans to hold a lottery to allocate the tickets her office receives at a date to be determined. District residents may enter that lottery by visiting the Congresswoman’s website,, and clicking on the “2013 Inauguration Information” link on the homepage. Interested people must hit up their own representatives.

Four years ago, 1.8 million people poured into the National Mall to witness Obama’s swearing in. Crowds are expected to be smaller next month.

For example, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) received more than 20,000 ticket requests for Obama’s first inaugural, but has reportedly received 9,300 ticket requests this time around.