War, Politics, and the Soldier Vote: Some History



The story of absentee voting in the United States is a tale of the army and war. Not surprisingly, it is also a story of politics. Support for the soldier vote often hinged on beliefs about political party loyalty, the stature of the army, and what politicians and citizens thought about the nature of the soldiers. The advent of war and the deployment of large numbers of soldiers away from home brought with it significant changes in the ideas of the right to vote, who can vote, and how to get those votes back to the local precinct for counting.


Military Personnel Democratic Party State Legislature Home State American Citizen 
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