Archive for Tuesday, November 22, 2011

100 years ago: ‘Traveling men’ can vote away from home

November 22, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 22, 1911:

"A dispatch from Topeka says that an effort is to be made to allow traveling men to vote away from home the same as railroad men. There is now such a law on the statute books. It was enacted by the last legislature but it seems to have been overlooked. At the last special election a traveling man decided to vote under this law.... The provisions of the law are plain. A traveling man who is a legal voter in any county in the state can vote in any town where he happens to be and the vote is sent to the county clerk of that county inside of one day. The vote is at once transmitted by that county clerk to the county where the voter resides and it is counted precisely as the votes of railroad employees are counted. This is a great convenience to traveling men and it will prevent them spending large sums of money or losing their votes. Lawrence has more traveling men than any other town in the state and this law will be a great benefit to them."


ivalueamerica 6 years, 4 months ago

Yes, there was a time when our government wanted to make sure every American can have access to vote, what a shame Kobach and his fascist counterparts across the nation are trying to disenfranchise American voters.

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