Who can Register and Vote?

June 17, 1869


White Virginians are upset by the fact that a man can vote in the election if he has resided in the state for one year. They are frustrated because the "carpetbaggers" are being granted more influence than the Virginian men who are still disenfranchised.


Who can Register and Vote?-- General Canby's order says that all persons qualified to vote under the act of Congress of March 2, 1867 are voters, That act describes as voters all "the male citizens of the State, twenty-one years old and upwards, of whatever race, color, or previous condition who have been resident in said State for one year previous to the day of election, except such as may be disfranchised for participation in the rebellion or for felony at common law" So that if a person has resided in the State for one year, he can register even if he has just become a resident of the town, city, or county, where he offers to register.
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