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NC congressional offices busy with Inauguration Day ticket requests

Congressional offices have stayed busy fielding requests from North Carolinians who want to attend inauguration ceremonies being held in Washington for President Barack Obama, particularly the swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 21, 2013, which will kick off his second term in office.

Through the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Congress arranges the celebration and divvies out tickets to make sure people from all over the country up close on the National Mall during the event.

Rep. David Price has received requests for more than 3,500 tickets already from approximately 750 constituents, according to spokesman Andrew High.

A spokesman for the White House said it has not yet determined how many tickets each representative will receive, but in 2009, Price's allotment was 198.

High said Price's office set up an online form where 4th District constituents can request tickets after receiving a "blizzard of requests over the phone."

To request tickets, people need to contact their representative's Washington office online or by phone. Contact information is available on the House's website.

Additional information about Inauguration Day events, including ones that require no tickets, can be found on the Inaugural Committee's website.

Note: Tickets to the inauguration ceremonies cannot be bought or sold and are only available through congressional offices, and claims to the contrary are likely a part of a scam.


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