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Having deprived her of this first right as a citizen, the elective franchise, thereby leaving her without representation in the halls of legislation, he has oppressed her on all sides. At that time, Douglass appeared at the conference to draw parallels between the movement for emancipation of slaves and the same for women. 0006  State Voting Laws in America movement. Indeed, the conference was organized by Stanton and Lucretia Mott after they met at a pro-abolition conference in London (History 2014b).

Motor Voter and HAVA In 1993, Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act—popularly known as the “Motor Voter” law. It mandated that states allow those obtaining driver’s licenses be able to register to vote at the same time. This increased registration markedly, and participation slightly, with effects most noticeable in southern states (Knack 1995; Piven and Cloward 1996). The empirical effects of “Motor Voter” are discussed in more detail later in this book. A few years later, states began early voting procedures and modernized their election equipment after the 2000 election debacle in Florida.

In the North, machines generally organized at the city or county level: Tammany Hall in New York, Daley in Chicago, Pendergast in Kansas City. All three of them, and many others, became so strong that they ultimately dominated the politics of their respective states, for a time. Some even elected presidents. Down South, higher proportions of residents lived in rural areas, so machines tended to start on a statewide footing and stay that way: examples include Theodore Bilbo in Alabama and the legendary Long dynasty in Louisiana.

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