More Orders from General Schofield

February 17, 1868


The Dispatch voices its agreement with General Schofield's orders on registration since no citizen will completely lose their right to vote depending on their place of residence. Yet some citizens who were disfranchised before this act may remain disfranchised.


More Orders from General Schofield-We publish this morning several new orders just promulgated by General Schofield. The one ordering a new registration in this city will be particularly acceptable to our urban people. Indeed, we find nothing in any of them to which we could reasonably object. The order allowing voters to cast their ballots in the counties to which they have removed since the election in October last is in spirit in strict accordance with that provision of the present Constitution of Virginia, which declares that a voter shall not lose the right to vote in one county until he shall have acquired the right to vote in another county. Besides, it is so well guarded as against fraud that it cannot, in the hands of honest registers or superintendents of elections, result in any wrong. The paragraph declaring that no one is disfranchised by the Constitution or laws of Virginia settles the question raised by certain proscriptionists as to whether persons disfranchised by the Alexandria Constitution before its amendment are entitled to vote. All such are declared to be voters, if not otherwise disfranchised. The other part of the same paragraph applies only to persons who have come into Virginia from States in which "rebels" are or were once disfranchised. Such persons, if ever disfranchised, will, it is declared, continue to be disfranchised in this State as long as we vote under the operation of the reconstruction acts. It may disfranchise a few persons who have recently come into this State from West Virginia, and who were disfranchised under the infamous laws of that bogus State. As such persons would be unable to take the registration oath, it is not probable that the registers will have the pleasure of rejecting many such. The declaration that the deputies of county officers are not disfranchised is worthy of particular notice. These orders are highly creditable to General Schofield. They carry out the law strictly, and yet are as liberal as could have been expected from any officer in his position.
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