World War II: Race and Politics



The progressive era and World War I brought about some improvement in state absentee voting laws. However, most state laws still made it difficult, if not impossible, for a deployed military person to register and cast a ballot. The passage of the 19th Amendment, which enfranchised women in 1920, marked the end of significant change in election laws and ushered in a period of stasis that would last for two decades until the beginning of World War II.2 Resistance to attempts for further changes, especially granting the right to vote to deployed soldiers and sailors, would be marked by partisan and racial rancor.


Military Personnel Democratic Party Service Personnel Turnout Rate White Supremacy 
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