No Further Disfranchisement to Be Feared
August 19, 1867
A new provision in the Reconstruction Acts states that "the elective franchise shall be enjoyed by all such persons as have the qualifications herein stated for election of delegates."This ensures that all men who are currently enfranchised and registered to vote may in the future.This provision was meant to ensure the enfranchisement of black men, but actually will help white men to avoid disfranchisement.
No Further Disfranchisement to Be Feared. - The Danville Register calls attention to one of the provisions of the reconstruction acts which had been lost sight of - namely, the one which requires that the constitutions to be adopted by the several States "shall provide that the elective franchise shall be enjoyed by all such persons as have the qualifications herein stated for election of delegates," &c. Some of the southern States will, it is likely, have reason to thank Congress for this provision; which, however, was inserted, not for the protection of the whites, but to secure the right of suffrage to the negroes.
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“No Further Disfranchisement to Be Feared,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed September 28, 2022, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/691.