March 3, 1868


Voting registration is segregated. "Negro" citizens are only permitted to register during the morning hours of 9 a. m. to 1 p. m. White Richmonders are allowed to vote between the afternoon hours of 1 p. m. and 5 p. m. The Dispatch only reminds white Richmonders to vote and doesn't remind the black citizens to vote either.


Registration.-The places of registration in the different wards of this city were promptly opened at 9 o'clock yesterday morning, and the officers were kept busy until the very moment of closing. Everything passed off quietly, but owing to the difficulty found in registering both classes with a small force of clerks, Colonel Higbee, the superintendent, decided, early in the day, to introduce a new plan, which will probably work well. On and after to-day the time between 9 A.M. and 1 P. M. will be set apart for the registration of negroes, and between 1 P. M. and 5 P. M. for the registration of white voters. As this rule will in no case be violated, we would impress upon white voters the importance of presenting themselves in the afternoon, and before the bell strikes five. In some of the wards, last evening, many had to go away-just too late. In one or two wards yesterday, negroes presented themselves with printed tickets bearing their names, ages, and places of residence, said to have been fixed up for them at Hunnicutt Hall. When asked their name, they show the ticket, and reply to every other question in the same manner. Wouldn't it be a better idea to label the darkies?
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