Constitutional Law: The G.I. Vote in Texas

One of U.S. history's most enduring trends is the ever-expanding right of suffrage. To be sure, almost every state still denies the vote to telons and mental defectives; eight states also exclude paupers. The same goes officially for Mississippi's nontaxed Indians and unofficially for most of its Negroes, who comprise 45% of the population. Still disqualified in Nevada and Virginia are "those engaging in duels" and in Florida "persons interested in any wager depending on the result of any election." But more typical of the trend is a new federal court order forbidding Texas to disqualify thousands of regular...

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