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About Portland inquirer. (Portland, Or.) 1944-194? | View Entire Issue (Sept. 15, 1944)
THE RIGHT TO VOTE
By Judge J. R. Meat's
Presiding Judge, District Court of the State of Oregon
The present war forcibly reminds thinking Americana of
the privileges they enjoy. Among these privileges is the right
o f suffrage.
A person convicted o f a crime the punishment for which
is imprisonment in the penitentiary, from the time of such
conviction is classified as civilly dead, and forfeits the privil
ege o f an elector. Our state constitution (article 2, paragraph
3) deprives such person o f the right to vote, and such right is
permanently lost, under the laws o f this state, until affirm a
tive fiction is taken leading to the final granting of a restora
tion to the rights and privileges of citizenship by the gov
ernor o f Oregon. It is therefore a valuable right that should
l^p protected and exercised by all honorable citizens.
Prior to August 26, 1920, women were not granted the
privileges o f voting. The 19th amendment to the constitution
o f the United States effectively cured that situation. In the
next general election it is expected that more than half of
the number o f votes cast will be cast by women actively
exercising their privilege o f expressing their desires in the
administration o f our government.
by reason of hia absence or presence when employed in the
service of the United States.”
The three great national labor organization*, namely, the
American Federation of I^abor, the C. I. O., and the Railroad
Brotherhoods, are aggressively carrying on a campaign to
impress their membership with the importance o f exercising
their sovereign rights by registering for voting in the locality
in which they reside, and thereafter protecting their interest
in our form of government by actually voting at the polls
on election day.
A recent canvass o f some sections o f Multnomah county,
and particularly of citizens employed in the shipyards, has
exhibited to friends o f the writer that as high as 40 per cent,
o f the eligible citizenry in the points contacted were not reg
istered to vote.
It is therefore to the personal interest o f every citizen to
express his desires in this democracy o f ours by his vote, with
the result attained that such laws as are enacted and such
officials as are elected for the administration o f our govern
ment are the direct choice o f the true majority o f the entire
citizenry and not o f a small portion thereof.
Briefly: Be sure you are properly registered to vote at
your present address. It’s a pleasant privilege and an ini j
l>ortant right, to vote!
The 15th amendment provides that the rights of citizens
o f the United States shall not be denied or abridged by the
United States or by any state on account of race or color.
Paragraph 20, article 1, o f the constitution o f the state of
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SERVICE— ST A B IL IT Y
with SA V IN G S
“ No law shall be passed granting to any citizen or class
o f citizens, privileges or immunities which upon the same
terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.”
Paragraph 1 of article 2 of the state constitution pro
"All elections shall be free and equal.”
By paragraph 2 of the same article it is provided:
“ Every citizen o f the age of 21 years and upwrard, who
shall have resided in the state during the six months im
mediately preceding an election and who shall be duly reg
istered prior to such election in the manner provided by law,
shall be entitled to vote providing such citizen is able to read
and write the English language.”
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