The Soldier Vote

The main fact about the soldier vote, the biggest unknown of the 1944 campaign, was that in the first U.S. wartime Presidential election in 80 years,* some 4,300,000 men & women in the armed services had already applied for ballots.

This was news. The Administration had argued for ten months that the Soldier Vote law, by giving the responsibility to 48 states, would in effect deny many soldiers the right to vote. The states and the armed forces were doing yeoman work in getting out the ballot. It was too early to say that the 4,300,000 applications...

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