Foreign News: Disfranchised

The state of Britain's electoral register caused plenty of growling on election day. In addition to the names of some 33,000,000 eligible voters of 21 and over, at least two two-year-olds appeared on the lists. Traditionally, some businessmen and university graduates voted twice. Among thousands of eligible citizens whose names were missing from the register, and who therefore could not vote, was one notable citizen—Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

The voters' list was compiled from identity cards. In the spring of 1943, when these cards were called in for the issue of ration books, Churchill was abroad attending a conference. He was given...

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