This Week in Reconstruction, July 11-16, 1870

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This Week in Reconstruction, July 11-16, 1870


Virginia's election laws prohibit verifying poll books directly with voters. This law contrasts all other thirty-six states in the Union and inhibits the state from ensuring against fraudulent voting. In Virginia, the words "of the judges of election are supreme" and the universal abidance by election rules and formalities is the only way to ensure a fair election. The variance in state policy is significant as it implies an unrealistic expectation of integrity and understanding of election policy by citizens in Virginia as well as a bureaucratic expectation of states to "take acts as they were passed" and enforce them. In this instance, unfair polling is inevitable. The negative sentiment and concern surrounding the Virginia election law is verified by "the ablest judges [testifying] against this dangerous practice."


July 11-16, 1870


Bryce Smith