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The Weight of Their VotesSouthern Women and Political Leverage in the 1920s$
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Lorraine Gates Schuyler

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830666

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876695_schuyler

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more People to Vote: Woman Suffrage and the Challenge to Disfranchisement

more People to Vote: Woman Suffrage and the Challenge to Disfranchisement

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The Weight of Their Votes

Lorraine Gates Schuyler

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the significant hurdles faced by Georgian women in their political participation, including a literacy requirement and, even more daunting, a cumulative poll tax that had to be paid six months before the election. It tells of a discovery made by an officer in the Atlanta League of Women in August 1924 that in order to vote in the city elections, citizens had to register not only at the courthouse but also at the city hall. The chapter notes that to female political activists, the dual registration requirements were yet another example of the closed political system that had “gagged the people of the city for a generation.” It notes that these white women devised a “movable registration booth” that could travel throughout the city to register voters where they lived and worked.

Keywords:   political participation, literacy, cumulative poll tax, election, Atlanta League, movable registration booth

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