The Forgotten Soldier



Despite the intense flurry of activity during the Civil War to ensure that soldiers in the field could cast votes, the interest in maintaining that access quickly waned with the end of the war. Most of the legislation framed the absentee soldier vote as a wartime measure. Many of the laws had sunset provisions in them mandating that they would expire at some point. By 1870, most states no longer had any statutes specifically permitting soldiers out of their home state to vote. Legislators clearly saw a difference between soldiers in the regular US Army and volunteers fighting in state regiments.


Military Personnel Late Nineteenth Century Democratic Party Active Duty Party Identification 
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