Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wisco Voting Facts

Via dear friend LK, we get some insight into our freedom to vote.
The 1848 constitution gave a state resident the right to vote only if he was white, male, a U.S. citizen, 21 or over, and a resident for at least a year. In 1860, Wisconsin had more than 500,000 residents 18 or over, but only 200,000 of them met the voting requirements. Black men couldn't vote until 1866, and enrolled members of American Indian tribes living on reservations couldn't vote until 1935.

No woman could vote until 1919, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed. The first Wisconsin woman to cast a ballot for president is thought to have been Ojibwe matriarch Flying Cloud, who voted in Odanah on Nov. 2, 1920.
My emphasis.

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