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Qualifications For Voting

( Originally Published 1918 )

The adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Federal Constitution swept away the last barrier to the full vote of the women in state and national elections, and it is estimated that nearly twenty-nine million women were thus made eligible to vote.

Failure to Pay Poll Tax excludes from voting in Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Chinese Cannot Vote in California, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon.

Civilized Indians May Vote in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Persons Unable to Read cannot vote in Connecticut. In California a person unable to read the constitution in English and to write his name cannot vote. In Massachusetts, in order to vote, a person must be able to both read and write. In Mississippi a voter must be able to read or understand the Constitution.

In all the States persons convicted of felony, and in most of the States paupers, idiots, and lunatics are excluded from suffrage.

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